Group Reiterates Support for Southern President 

The Middle-Belt Youth Council Worldwide has reiterated their support for a southern President in the coming general elections.

The President of the group, Emmanuel Zopmal, stated this in Abuja on Wednesday while briefing journalists.

The group also called on major political parties in the country not to field a presidential candidate from the North because such aspirants would not enjoy the support of the youths in the Federal Capital Territory and the 14 States that make up the Middle Belt.

Their reaction follows the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party’s zoning committee to leave the presidential ticket open to all aspirants during its meeting on Tuesday. The group noted that this is against the calls and expectations that the party should zone the presidential ticket to the South – ahead of the 2023 general election.

 Zopmal noted that anyone who is against power shift to the South, particularly the Southeast region, is toying with the nation’s corporate existence.

According to him, “Some desperate politicians are doing everything possible to scuttle the zoning arrangement of their political parties. For fairness, equity, and justice, PDP (zoning committee) to rescind its decision and relinquish its presidential ticket to the South.

“In the spirit of uniting this country, it is good if all critical statesmen support a presidential material from the South who has the experience, political acumen, sound economic knowledge, and acceptability across the country to lead this country in 2023.”

“We urge the two major political parties to consider Mr Peter Obi, Ex Anambra State Governor (PDP), and Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi (APC) with their tickets because they are light of democracy and they represent the interest of Nigerian youths.

“We urge political parties in Nigeria to be agents of national unity and progress by shifting their presidential tickets to the South. There is no shortcut to democracy. Political parties have a key role in giving Nigeria quality leaders that can truly unite this country and move it forward. We sue for peaceful and credible primary elections ahead.

“The only way to find lasting political stability in this country is for the relevant security agencies to advise politicians to stop unguarded and inflammatory utterances on the 2023 general elections,” he added.

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