By ANGELA ATABO
Abuja- Youths across the country on the aegis of Rescue Nigeria Mission on Saturday, held rallies in 23 states of the federation in support of Gov . Yahaya Bello’s 2023 presidential ambition.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that it was a simultaneous gathering of massive crowds of youths in the 23 states, across the six geo political zones of the federation
The rally tagged: “Nationwide Capacity Rally for Yahaya Bello”. saw participants chanting solidarity songs while carrying various placards in support of the Kogi governor from as early as 9.a.m in all the locations.
The youths, who said they had mobilized over 16 millions active holders of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) to actualise a Yahaya Bello presidency come 2023, noted that the nationwide capacity rally was to demonstrate that they meant business and would go all out for their own in the forthcoming elections.
Bello, an All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, had been in frontline in the area of massive youths and women mobilisation as well as strong media presence in the ongoing presidential race.
In a statement, National Coordinator of the groups, Abdullahi Shuaibu Damat, who was present at the Federal Capital Territory rally, said the youths were already thinking beyond the primary elections of the major parties in their quest for Yahaya Bello to become President of Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari.
Damat, who spoke at the Unity Fountain venue of the Abuja rally, said the youths had seized their future in their own hands with technology, and had resolve to shun money politics and heightened determination to participate actively in the forthcoming election.
“If you have your colleagues everywhere in the nation – Bauchi, Sokoto, Oyo, Kwara, Anambra, Katsina, Kano, Gombe, South South and all across the country, ask them about the kind of crowd they have seen today, simultaneously, in all the states.
“It has never happened before in Nigeria. This is what we mean by the phrase ‘it is youths o’ clock. We want to appeal to the stakeholders and leaders to choose the person that can deliver the election at this point in time. In Nigeria today, no politician comes close to the Yahaya Bello structure.”
In Nasarawa, the meeting point was Kaura Plaza, along Jos road. The massive crowd walked to UBA junction and gathered at Total. In Jigawa, they gathered at three star hotel and matched from there through the streets.
In Oyo State, the crowd moved from ShopRite through Ringroad to Challenge, among others, while the Kwara rally started from Kwara Stadium, Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Ilorin, and moved through Post Office to other parts of the state.
Other states where the capacity rally held simultaneously were Sokoto, Kebbi, Gombe, Anambra, Cross River, Borno, Kogi, Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Niger, Katsina, Bauchi, and Yobe among others. (NAN)