2023: Arewa Youths Solidarity Declares Support for Dave Umahi’s Presidential Ambition
- A group in northern Nigeria has endorsed the presidential ambition of Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi
- According to the youth group, Governor Umahi has, over the years, accommodated northerners residing in Ebonyi state without discrimination
- The group also called for power to shift to southern Nigeria, especially to the southeast of the country
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FCT, Abuja - Northern youths, under the umbrella of Arewa Youth Solidarity (AYS) for David Umahi 2023, have given reasons why the Ebonyi state governor is their best choice for the 2023 presidential race.
Addressing a press conference at the weekend, the national coordinator of the group, Ahmad Gorumo, said Governor Umahi has, over the years, accommodated northerners residing in Ebonyi state without religion and ethnic discrimination against them.
Gorumo also pointed out that for the fact that Umahi did not enact the anti-grazing law against herdsmen, he has earned the support of northern youths for the presidential race.
He said Umahi gave Abakiliki, the state capital a facelift befitting a modern city and added that these attributes, and many more, have endeared the Ebonyi governor to northerners, who believe he can take the country to the promised land.
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“We, Arewa youths, are supporting the candidature of Umahi as a detribalised Nigerian, a dependable ally of the north, a progressive who believes in the mission of President Muhammadu Buhari and our party, All Progressives Congress.
“Umahi has made Ebonyi state a safe haven for northerners in the southeast without discrimination and molestation.
“He has not enacted any anti-grazing law and he is the only governor to accept the ranching proposed by the federal government. These, and many other reasons, have endeared him to the north and we believe he can rule this country without discrimination in any zone.
“We, northern youths, will support him and have pledged to reach out to all stakeholders in the north and mobilise youths for his presidential contest in 2023.
“AYS recognises the need for Nigeria to remain one, foster unity and cooperation among regional and ethnic divides as well as the need to respect the gentleman rotation of power in 2023.
“We also categorically state that power shift to south and particularly, southeast in 2023 will bring about justice and fairness in the country.”
2023: Akeredolu warns political parties against fielding northern candidates
Similarly, chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum and Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Tuesday, February 8 warned that any political party that fields a northern candidate in the 2023 presidential election will lose.
Governor Akeredolu disclosed that governors in the southern part of the country under the auspices of the Southern Governors Forum are determined to ensure that the next president comes from the south.
The governor made the comment when he received members of a group, Power Rotation Movement, led by the chairman, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, who also doubles as the chairman, Middle Belt Forum.
2023: Operators of private jets charter experience boom ahead of polls
In a related development, due to political activities across the country, private jet charter businesses in Nigeria is currently experiencing a boom.
With the 2023 general elections coming on stream and preparations of election into states and national offices on top gear, the political class has started making use of the aviation sub-sector again.
Since normal scheduled flights may not fit into their itineraries, politicians now resort to private jet charters to move across the country as it enables them to fulfil strict schedules and often complete multiple meetings in different cities and countries.