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Stay clear of the southeast, Igbo youths tell Tinubu campaigners

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu
10 August 2022   |   4:44 pm
Support groups merge in Enugu, resolve to back APC candidates Igbo youths under the auspices of the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) on Wednesday warned groups and individuals promoting the presidential ambition of Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu to stay clear of the zone. President and Publicity Secretary of the group, Goodluck Ibem and…

Tinubu. Photo/facebook/officialasiwajubat

Support groups merge in Enugu, resolve to back APC candidates

Igbo youths under the auspices of the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) on Wednesday warned groups and individuals promoting the presidential ambition of Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu to stay clear of the zone.

President and Publicity Secretary of the group, Goodluck Ibem and Okay Nworu, in a statement, described as “unfortunate” how certain persons from Igboland would allow themselves to be used to promote the ambition of “a man who is outdated in all ramifications in the scheme of things to be voted as a Nigerian president come 2023”

They added that in one of Tinubu outings in Ogun State, he openly boasted that he made President Muhammadu Buhari President in 2015, stressing that the input of his statement meant that the hardship Nigerians are facing was brought upon by him.

“In 2015, a dollar was exchanged for N160 naira. A litre of fuel was sold for N65, a litre of kerosene was sold for N50, diesel was sold for N50 a litre and cooking gas was sold for N100 a kilo but today, a litre of kerosene is sold for N900, a litre of diesel for N1000, a kilo of cooking gas for N1000.

“Everything in the market used by Nigerians have increased by over 1000 percent to what it used to be and the same person who brought this misery on Nigerians wants to be President?. Never. We will not allow such thing to happen.

“We the youths of Igbo nation will not allow affliction the second time upon us again. Never!!! We must have made our mistakes in 2015 but we are wiser now. Youths cannot be deceived again with any monetary inducement; it is the time of the youth to take back our nation.

“We don’t want to see any campaign posters, billboards, advert or political gathering promoting or campaigning for Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu in the South East. It is a warning which must be adhered to by all and sundry irrespective of your political standing.

“We have constituted a mobile taskforce to fully implement the directives of the youth leaders in the South East. The youths have spoken. Enough said!,” they said.

Meanwhile, the Tinubu presidential support groups in Enugu State have resolved to come together under a new name, ‘Tinubu-Shettima Independent Campaign Group,’ for the purpose of canvassing votes and electing candidates of APC in the 2023 general elections.

The campaign support group accused factional state Chairman of the party, Ugochukwu Agballah, of working for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to undermine Tinubu and Shettima in the elections.

Addressing reporters after their inaugural meeting attended by leaders of the campaign groups from the 17 local councils of the state, a member of Tinubu’s campaign council and former state chairman of the party, Ben Nwoye, stated that there is no going back in the move to retain power by the APC at the centre.

“We have resolved with all members of the support groups in Enugu and all the 17 local councils to merge all Tinubu support groups to Tinubu-Shetima Independent Campaign Group, Enugu chapter. We resolved to support candidates of our party, APC, from House of Assembly to the presidency, and we shall campaign for them to win the coming elections,” he stated.