At least fifty-nine groups working for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari have endorsed Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Concise News reports that the former Vice-President is President Buhari’s main rival in the 2019 election.
Declaring the support at a press conference in Abuja, the groups explained that they decided to back the PDP candidate because the current administration “has failed”.
The national coordinator of the Grassroots Mobilisers for Buhari (GMB), Yusuf Ardo, accused the Buhari government of failing to appoint youth.
Ardo said the group has over five million members and that GMB toured the length and breadth of Nigeria for Buhari in 2015.
His words: “We toured the country and campaigned for the emergence of the current APC led federal government. This forum coordinated all support groups for APC and championed Grassroots Mobilizations of Nigerians,” he said.
“Sequel to the foregoing, we are sad, that the government we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people; we cannot continue to reinforce failures.
“How can we have a federal cabinet without a single youth? A government that does not take the youths into account is a dying government; the future belongs to us, the young people.
“Today, our country is faced with legions of challenges, our economy that was the fastest-growing in Africa has gone comatose under the present government that has shown unprepared and completely clueless.
“Unemployment has risen to an alarming level, instead of creating three million jobs per year as promised during 2015 campaigns; millions of jobs are being lost quarterly, with many companies folding up.”
He said he believed under Atiku, the economy will be revived unlike the “misfortune” of Buhari.
“We strongly believe that Atiku will ensure diversification of the economy through Agriculture, adequate supply of power, massive industrialization, thereby creating employment for our teaming youths,” he said.
“Our predicament and future of the youth in Nigeria is highly threatened, that is why we have resolved one hundred per cent (100%) to support His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, GCON, come 2019 for our large interest in this country.”
When contacted, Festus Keyamo, the spokesman of the reelection campaign of Buhari, said: “They are not genuine pro-Buhari groups. They are mercenaries looking for what to eat.”