- The Concerned Nigerian Youth Development Organisation accuses some top political figures of trying to stop Abubakar Atiku from realising his presidential ambition come 2019
- The group notes that based on his pedigree and track record, Atiku has the constitutional right to contest any election in Nigeria
The support for former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to contest in the 2019 presidential election has got the backing of a group who said Atiku had the right to contest the election on any political platform which he desires.
The group, under the umbrella of Concerned Nigerian Youth Development Organisation (CYNDO), said no intimidation can stop the presidential ambition of Atiku Abubakar.
The national coordinator, (CNYDO) Comrade Joel Edegba, made the statement over the weekend, when appraising the gradual build up towards the 2019 general elections following early release of election time table by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Edegba said Atiku has the constitutional right to contest any election in Nigeria based on his pedigree and track record, Leadership reports.
The group’s coordinator said some top political figures were trying to stop Atiku from realising his presidential ambition come 2019.
He said: “We in Concerned Nigerian Youth Development Organisation, CNYDO, commends the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the first time to promptly release an election time table ahead of 2019. It is an indication that the electoral body is very prepared and ready to conduct elections. We commend their move and early preparation.
“We have it on record that some top political figures are beating their chest that Former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will be stopped from realising his presidential ambition come 2019.
“We think is an intimidation to Atiku by them and have made themselves demi-gods in Nigerian politics. We declare that no height nor breadth of intimidation can stop Atiku, and we the youths will see who will stop him come 2019.
“Former Vice President like every Nigerian has the constitutional right to contest in 2019 on any political platform which he desires. So we the youth in this country discard that intimidation because it is a storm in a tea cup.”
Edegba called on Nigerian youths to give their support to credible candidates before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
Meanwhile, a kinsman of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Richard Kpodoh, has declared that the people of the Niger Delta will massively vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Kpodoh made the declaration while reacting to Jonathan’s recent claims that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will reclaim power in 2019.
In an open letter to the President, the Bayelsa state elder statesman stressed that Buhari’s two years in power had exposed the rot perpetrated by the Jonathan’s administration.
Kpodoh said Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC’s, recent clampdown on those he described as, “Jonathan boys” in Bayelsa and other parts of the country has shown that the administration of the former President was the worst in the history of Nigeria.