Buhari has conceded ministerial slots to youths ― Nwoye
AHEAD next month general elections, former All Progressives Congress, (APC) governorship candidate in Anambra state, Honourable Tony Nwoye has said President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to give certain ministerial slots to Nigerian youths if he won a fresh mandate.
Honourable Nwoye, a serving member of the House of Representatives and Head, Directorate of Youth Mobilisation, APC Presidential Campaign Council made the declaration on Monday at a news briefing in Abuja.
The former governorship candidate claimed the commitment was extracted from President Buhari when his team met with the President and his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, (SAN) at the Presidential Villa.
He said: “Since my recent appointment to head the Youth Mobilisation Directorate of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, I had embarked on nationwide consultations with the national youth polity to reach, understand the disposition and aspirations of Nigerian youths and students towards Buhari-Osinbajo 2019.
“During the over one week of non-stop nationwide consultations that l spearheaded, in the company of my able assistant and deputy directors, Comrade Sadiq Abubakar, the APC National Youth Leaders, Ismaeel Ahmed and Jasper Azulatam, I became convinced that while Nigerian youths deeply appreciate the improved regime of youth development and empowerment under President Buhari, from 2015 to date, the polity is ready for Buhari-Osinbajo 2019 if and only if the prestigious good leadership team is ready to take its youth development programme to the ’Next Level’ of higher youth inclusion in leadership and the economy.
“Upon this all-important realisation, I and my assistant and deputies quickly came back to Abuja to consult with Mr President. This round of consultations happened intensively over a period of two days in which myself, my assistant and deputies were able to extract strong commitments from Mr President on his readiness to take his youth development programmes to the ’Next Level’ of higher youth inclusion in leadership and the economy through the following:
“A youth quota in the headship of Ministries, Departments and Agencies that is above the quota of Men, Women and Politicians. The activation of a policy targeted at Nigeria being the largest high-quality factory of the world by 2030 leading to fully legislated and well-funded youth-based programmes in entrepreneurship and industrialisation. The activation of another policy targeted at Nigeria being the African global hub of ICT leading to fully legislated and well-funded youth-based programmes in ICT software and hardware development.
“After extracting these commitments from Mr President, the Directorate quickly reverted back to the leadership of Nigerian youths and had regional consultations and engagements. Thereupon, the youths and students of Nigeria and the Directorate agreed that Nigerian youths will deliver an avalanche of over Twenty Million Votes to Buhari-Osinbajo 2019.
“I am today very pleased to inform you that based on the decision of Nigerian youths to deliver 20-Million votes to Buhari-Osinbajo 2019 in February, the Youth Mobilisation Directorate of the APC Presidential Campaign Council is kick-starting a nationwide youth mobilization campaign starting today.
“It will interest you to know that this nationwide youth mobilisation campaign is targeted at convincing Nigerian youths and students that they can trust Buhari-Osinbajo 2019 based on the positive youth development credentials of Buhari-Osinbajo from 2015 till date. The solid commitments of Mr President to take youth development to the ‘Next Level’ if voted into office, come 16th February 2019.”
Honourable Nwoye further declared that the achievements of the APC presidential candidate would guarantee victory for him in the election. He disclosed that over 20 million votes would be delivered to the APC candidate.
“Our directorate is fully primed to work with the leadership of Nigerian youth and students to deliver the avalanche of over 20 million votes to Buhari-Osinbajo 2019 in the patriotic interest of Nigerian national development.
“We hereby call on all Nigerian youths and students to remain steadfast in their resolve and support for Buhari-Osinbajo 2019 despite a concerted attempt by some would-be-detractors to blackmail them with share sentiments that have no grounding in our national reality.”