Thousands of Imo youths Friday held a solidarity rally in support of the reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari and governorship ambition of former Chief of Staff to the Imo state Governor, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.
The youths adorning customized T-shirts embossed with President Buhari and Nwosu’s pictures marched through major streets in the state capital, chanting pro-Buhari slogans.
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The rally resulted in heavy gridlock along major roads as vehicular and human movement were grounded.
Receiving the youths at his Campaign Headquarters, Nwosu, who is a fulfilled online governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), assured the them that the APC led administration is doing everything possible to ensure that Nigerian youths are given opportunity to achieve their goals through the provision of sustainable employment.
He commended the youths particularly for supporting the reelection bid of President Buhari, stating that it is the surest way to Igbo Presidency in 2023.
The governorship aspirant also promised the youths that if elected governor, his priority will be to create wealth for the teeming youths and women in the state.
He commended the youths for purchasing his nomination form and expression of interest forms, pledging that he will not disappoint them when he assumes office as governor.
Nwosu who received intermittent ovation from the mammoth crowd also stated that the APC will retain power in the state in 2019, adding that none of the opposition party has the capacity to unseat APC in the state.
According to him, “I want to thank the youths for your unflinching support for me and President Buhari and I want to say it again that the reelection of President Buhari is the surest and shortest route to Igbo Presidency”.
He continued that, “I want to assure that I will not let you down, my administration will create wealth for the youths and women and we will sustain the free education programme which has benefitted our people so much. I want to also appeal to you to extend the support to all other APC aspirants”.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Imo Youth Council, Hon Jeff Nwoha, said that Imo youths have come to thank him (Nwosu) for accepting the clarion call to join the governorship race.
He said their decision to draft him into the race was influenced by the fact that he will sustain the legacies of the Rochas Okorocha’s administration, which they said has brought unprecedented development to the state.
According to him, “we want a generational shift in power equation in the state. Imo youths are insisting that it is time a youth governed the state and we have implicit confidence that Ugwumba Uche Nwosu has the vigour, strength and capacity to govern the state and deliver the dividends of democracy to the people”.
He continued that, “the youths have resolved to resist the reshuffling of the same old politicians that misgoverned the state and managed it like their private estate”.
Nwoha also said that the youths are fully committed to the reelection project of President Buhari, noting that his achievements, especially in the fight against corruption need to be supported by every Nigerian Youth, “as Igbo youths we are convinced beyond that President Buhiari’s reelection will guarantee Igbo Presidency in 2023 more than any other political permutation”.
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Author: Okodili Ndidi, Owerri