The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has rejected and condemned in totality the statement issued by the leadership of the All Progressive Congress APC , informing Nigerians that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would be representing President Muhammad Buhari in all debates ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The association made this known through its National Public Relations Officer , Azeez Adeyemi, at a press conference held at the NUT hall, Abeokuta
Adeyemi said that NANS unequivocally insisted that all presidential candidates must speak to Nigerians themselves and not represented by there running mates.
He called on all the candidates , to as a matter of necessity equip themselves ideologically, saying the national leadership of NANS would be organising a day manifesto programme for them all.
The NANS spokesperson commended all political parties in Nigeria, for the peaceful and democratic conducts in their just concluded presidential primaries respectively.
“Indeed, Nigerian students have learnt one or two things from the conducts, as our representatives were sent to observe,based on invitations received from political parties.
“Recall, that in 2014- 2015, Nigerians clamoured for an improved welfare and standard of leaving, thus, voted against the then ruling party .
“It will interest you all to know, that Nigerians became determined then, to cast there votes against the then ruling party, based on the well-structured manifesto of the APC, assumed to have been adopted by the party and as well read and digested by the Presidential flag bearer(President Muhammad Buhari) and his running mate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
“Some months after the May 29, 2015,handover of government, President Muhammad Buhari, came out openly to give first words of discouragement to Nigerians,by telling us that Old age will limit his performances in office as president.
“This really speaks negative volume towards the expectations of Nigerians from him as the President of Nigeria, whom had already promised Nigerians a lot via his manifesto and campaign rallies.
“As if that wasn’t enough,last year, Nigerians weren’t comfortable to continue under the disguise “all things are going smoothly”, many pressure groups and civil societies challenged the president on his electoral promises and manifesto as promised during his campaign.
“To many Nigerians, this appears to them as a total knock down of hopes and expectations from President Muhammad Buhari,” he said.
Adeyemi appealed to all political parties to consider the hard earned NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN, by considering intending youths that had shown interest in contesting for offices.
“We also, specially appeal for special consideration for a former student leader, vying for the Abeokuta South Federal constituency seat in the National Assembly, Comrade Afeez Olaniyi Balogun.
” He is a renowned active student leader,a young and vibrant comrade, with worthy and enviable character. We believe his consideration will as well attract the support of students across board,” he said.