National President of Southern Youths Development Forum Inc, an umbrella organization of several youth groups in southern Nigeria, Pastor Bassey James, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, Northern APC Governors and others involved for their unanimous support for the power shift south.
A statement issued in Lagos following an emergency meeting of the group’s leaders, which was attended by some key coordinators from the south-east, south-west and south-south.
In your opinion, Mr. President has shown that he is a nationalist and a father who believes in the unity and cohesion of the country.
“President Buhari’s recent statement is a sign that he believes in a united Nigeria and that he is also committed to sustainable peace and progress of the entire nation a. southern nigeria we d never forget this gesture.
The group equally strongly condemned the emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
According to him, the PDP is insensitive to Nigerians and southern Nigeria in particular.
How can PDP explain that after 8 years of power in the north, this shift of power to the south is not important?”
James argued that the PDP should have the two governors from the south and south or others from the Southeast who participated in the primaries should have been considered.
He went on to praise the President, adding:
“All southern Nigeria rejoices, the hero of democracy is Mr President, the northerners and men and women of good conscience.
“I have ordered that all coordinators, chapter Leaders and all youth groups among us are praying and supporting Mr President and should begin the process of reaching out to others and also raising awareness of PVC collecting among our followers as a Southern President is sworn into office in 2023.
He added that “from Abuja, nationwide consultations will begin, where we will meet the youth groups from the North and other regional leaders.
He also appealed to the candidate who will emerge to ensure that he builds on the unity of the country and should carry every part of Nigeria as one.
Youth leaders On the meeting include Pastor Bassey James, Elder Uche Bren, Abiodun Adekambe, and Esther Esther.