The Southern and Middle Belt Youth Leaders Forum on Wednesday endorsed the presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, as its sole candidate in the Feb. 16 poll.
Reading a communique after it rose from its second quarterly meeting, Mr Eric Oluwole, South West Youth Leader, said that Moghalu’s performance at the last presidential debate attracted the attention of the group, NAN reports.
The communique read: ”Appraising the performance of Prof. Moghalu during the debate, we are convinced that he has all it takes to give us the Nigeria of our dream.
”We, therefore, call on Nigerian youths to vote massively for Prof. Moghalu because he is the man of the youth.
”We urge Nigerians to consider the 2019 elections important as a mistake or our negligence may mar our future. A stitch in time saves nine.
”We also demand an investigation of Nigerian soldiers involved in an alleged harassment of citizens in Aba, Abia State.
”As we approach the Election Day, we appeal to security agents to do their jobs by securing lives and property and not harass Nigerians during the election.”
Also speaking, Mr Ikechukwu Oji, South East Youth Leader, said that Moghalu’s manifesto on restructuring was a realisable and feasible action plan that could take Nigeria out of it current challenges.
“Other parties’ manifestoes or agenda on restructuring seem vague. Most of them are just paying lip service to the issue.
”But we believe that Moghalu is somebody that can be trusted to make Nigeria better.”
Oji also urged the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) not to boycott the elections but to participate to vote candidates that would execute the restructuring agenda.
He also urged IPOB to refrain from disrupting the elections.
In his remarks, Mr Samuel Brown, South-South Youth Leader, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, to conduct free, fair and credible elections as the hope of Nigerians depended on it.
Brown also advised the youth to avoid being used as thugs by politicians to perpetrate election violence.