Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, the Southern Youth Alliance has declared that Former Nigeria Vice President, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, possessed the required skills to rework Nigeria’s economy if elected President.
Comrade Ridwan Ismaheel , the President, Southern Youth Alliance, stated this at a press conference in Abeokuta on Monday.
Ismaheel noted that Atiku remained a leader who had expressly committed to restructuring even when it was not politically popular.
He added that the former presidential candidate had the skills to make Nigeria competitive again in the area of education and innovations.
He noted that Atiku had believed that there was an over-concentration of power in the central government and advocated that more power and resources should be delegated to states.
” Is that not the ideal upon which this country was birthed? There was a time that the regions (now states) were the centers of development in this country and the people were the centerpiece of development.
“Now, some people are beginning to draw parallels between an older person and a younger person.
“We believe that there is absolutely nothing wrong in whether it is an old person or a younger person. What is important is the quality of ideas that the leader is bringing to the table.
“We, as youth groups of the PDP will not sit idle where ideas are compromised for lesser values. What we need as a country is competent leadership,” he said.
The group leader observed with regrets that the country was at the brink of crisis in all facets of life.
He added that Insecurity had became rampant such that in some places in the country, residents had to pay protection levies to bandits for security.
“Food prices keep going up and, indeed, a vast majority of Nigerians wake up and go to bed with empty bellies.
“The universities are on strike as we speak and fuel queues are back at our petrol stations. Our debt as a nation is climbing into frightening proportions and bookmakers say that by the end of 2023, Nigeria’s debt portfolio would have reached a whooping N50trillion.
“We are respectfully making a demand that Atiku Abubakar breaks the air about his ambition to run for the 2023 presidential election and make a declaration in the affirmative.
“We are also using this opportunity to give a guarantee of our utmost support and the willingness to give our all in campaigning door to door to mobilize fellow youth to follow a leader who has the skill and competencies to salvage the country,” he said.