Southern and Middle Belt Youth Leaders Forum has endorsed Prof Kingsley Moghalu of Young Progressive Party (YPP) as its presidential candidate for the February 16 poll.
The leaders made this known at the group’s 16th executive council meeting, at Emperor Restaurant, Victoria Island, Lagos.
In a communiqué jointly signed by Eric Oluwole, South West Youth Leader; Ikechukwu Bismarck Oji, South East Youth Leader; Samuel Brown, South-South Youth Leader, and Emmanuel Zopmal, Middle Belt Youth Leader, the group appraised the performances of the presidential candidates at the last presidential debate. It said it was incontrovertibly and unequivocally obvious that Prof. Kingsley Moghalu performed superlatively thereby convincing the group that he has all it takes to give the people a Nigeria of their dream.
“It was obvious that the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were afraid of Prof Moghalu and that was why they boycotted the presidential debate.
“We will not vote any presidential candidate who boycotted the recent presidential debate as that was a slight on the very people whose mandate they seek. Such candidates cannot, therefore, be expected to listen and attend to the yearnings of the long-suffering Nigerian masses.”
Part of the communiqué reads: “Nigerians know that no political party has the potentialities to restructure Nigeria but the candidate; therefore, people should not consider the political party but the candidate since Nigeria needs to be restructured immediately.
“Nigerians are politically civilised and should not be deceived by a person or a bunch of persons who are devoid of political will and lacks a clear definition of leadership perception and tenable agenda.
“Neither do we intend to be prisoners of democracy for another four years nor vote into power another greedy absolutist whose aim is to bring Nigeria to moral decadence and economic and social devastation.”
They urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free, fair and credible elections since the hope of Nigerian lies in it.
They also advised the youths to remain calm and avoid being used as thugs by politicians to perpetrate election violence.
The group wants an immediate investigation and sanctioning of Nigerian soldiers involved in the alleged harassment of citizens in Aba, Abia State and other parts of the South East under the pretext of ensuring peace in the oncoming elections via cruel and inhumane actions of Operation Python Dance 3.