By Wale Akinola
Nigerian youth have reportedly divided over the choice of their presidential candidate between Buhari and Atiku
The national president of NYCN, Sokubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo, urged the Nigerian youth to vote for Buhari on February 16
But the chairman of the youth body in Rivers state, Chijioke Ihunwo, insisted that Atiku’s government would empower the Nigerian youth.
Barely twenty-four days to the presidential election, the choice of candidate between President Muhammadu Buhari and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has reportedly divided the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).
Legit.ng regional reporter in Port Harcourt, Tony Ihunwo, reports that the national president of NYCN, Sokubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo and the Rivers state chairman of the youth body, Chijioke Ihunwo, divided over who the Nigerian youths should cast their ballot for between Buhari and Abubakar.
It was gathered that while Sokubo is calling on youths to overwhelmingly support President Buhari because he is the national patron of the group and that he should be reelected, Ihunwo rejected the call but rather opted for Atiku, arguing that under Buhari many youths have lost their jobs, while Atiku and Governor Nyesom Wike have promised to give prominent positions to youths.
Speaking with Legit.ng, Ihunwo said: “Under Buhari, over 70 percent of Nigerian youths have lost their jobs and as we speak, they are losing more. But Atiku has now promised that the bulk of leadership positions will be allotted to the youths.
“Also in the state Governor Wike has equally promised that if he wins his reelection, his government will be dominated by youths.”
He argued further that Atiku as a business man would create jobs for youths.
It was gathered that the sharp political disagreement between the national president and the state chairman is far fetched since both have been at daggers-drawn over who should pilot the affairs of Rivers state NYCN.
The national president does not recognise Ihunwo as state chairman but Ihunwo insists that he was duly elected by the youth body despite the violence that characterized the election of the state executive.
Both youth leaders have pitched their political tents with either PDP or APC and also lined up behind their presidential candidates.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo compared Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, the two major contenders for the position ahead of the general elections.
Obasanjo said even though Atiku, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is not a saint, he remains a better choice than Buhari, the current occupier of the seat and flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC).