A group made up of Nigerian youth, led by Abubakar Danmusa, have purchased N40 million presidential expression of interest and nomination forms for former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The group’s head, Abubakar Dan Musa, expressed optimism that a greater and more truly united Nigeria is conceivable with the immediate past Senate President as president while presenting the forms to Saraki at his Abuja residence.
Musa said, “After extensive deliberations, we have concluded that the situation of our country is so far from what it should be if we have the right leadership. The country is not running as a functional entity that can bring the best out of her citizens and provide the best for the generality of the people.”
Musa also bemoaned the country’s dire state, saying, “It is for these reasons that we concluded that we should not leave the process leading to the emergence of the next President of our country to only politicians. We have decided to get involved right from the pre-primary election period”.
“We want candidates who understand the needs of the business group and can initiate policies, programmes, and projects that will encourage the growth of businesses, particularly, small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs)”.
“We want a candidate that will create a synergy between the private and business sectors. We want a man who will naturally earn the respect of the international community and the confidence of foreign and local investors and get them to establish factories and businesses. We want a candidate who understands job creation and wealth creation”.
In his response, Saraki, who commended the Young Professionals for the gesture, lauded the group for going out of their way to “rally their friends, family, and co-workers, making contributions of N500,000 to N2 million to reach their desired goal”.
According to him, “this symbolic gesture, a first of its kind in the history of our nation, is also a challenge to me. Now, I promise to work twice as hard as I originally intended. I promise to meet the yearning and aspirations of all our young people to run a modern government”.
“What you have done is a symbolic message that you are mandating me to go out to the field and work hard among all our leaders, delegates, and other stakeholders to win the PDP presidential ticket come May as well as subsequently follow up with decisive victory in the general elections in February 2023.
Saraki said he does not have an option but to listen to the voice of the youths who represent 62 percent of the over 200 million Nigerians and contest the 2023 presidential election.
The former Kwara governor promised that if elected president, all the Ministers of State in his Cabinet will be experienced young people who are under the age of 35.
“Without unfolding all the plans here because we will soon formally hold a public declaration to which all of you are hereby invited, I want to once again express my happiness over this gesture. I so much appreciate it and I will not take it for granted”, Saraki stated.