A group of All Progressives Congress supporters has rejected the former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, as the party’s vice presidential nominee (APC).
The group of 28 leaders claimed on Wednesday that their party only requires a young, energetic vice president candidate.
They ask the party to select Ibrahim Bello Dauda, an APC figure who will, in their opinion, give the party a more inclusive governing process, as a sensible candidate.
According to the group, Ibrahim Bello Dauda is a devout Nigerian youth who is qualified to represent the party as a candidate for vice president of Nigeria.
“We emphasize the selection of Ibrahim Bello Dauda, a genuine detribalized Nigerian youth leader, as His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s running mate and vice president for the upcoming political administration.
“This group is forced to consider the reality that the majority of these political leaders were appointed as governors and ministers when they were in the prime of their lives—in their late 30s and early 40s—and were supported in doing so by the elders and leaders.
“Answers are urgently needed to the question of why they are currently upsetting young people who are clearly eligible to be chosen as vice presidential candidates.
“The ruling APC and its leadership should listen to the voices of Nigerian youth right away since doing so will confirm the party’s much-touted commitment to including young people in governance.
“The young people won’t continue to support solely the established politicians. We are prepared to take part in politics and conduct ourselves properly in government. Igwe Ude-Umanta, convener of the Coalition of APC Youth Groups, Solomon Adodo, president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Suleiman Musa, convener of the Coalition of Northern Youth Leaders, and Jator Abido, president, were some of the signatories to the communiqué released on Friday.