Groups of youths from the North on Thursday endorsed the Presidential candidate of People’s Trust (PT) party, Gbenga Olawepo Hashim as their preferred alternative to President Muhammadu Buhari (APC) and Atiku Abubakar (PDP) ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
National Coordinator, Matasan Arewa Na Dimokradiya (All Arewa Young Democrats), Samaila Garba Garri said in an interview in Kaduna that, they were perturbed by the choice of presidential candidates of the two major political parties who did not have anything new to offer the country.
According to Garba, they were thrilled by remarks made by Hashim on the plight and future of Nigeria and Nigerians insisting that, now was the time to rally round him because he has the idea to make Nigeria a much better country than what it is presently if given a chance.
Garba, who claimed to be speaking for ten other youth groups in the North explained that, they were in Abuja when this presidential candidate addressed his supporters and promised to pay N50,000 as minimum wage to Nigerian workers.
To him, “Mr. Olawepo Hashim is a successful business man who has always been with the poor. He has been engaged in philanthropic activities and hardly spend a day without putting smile on faces.
“From Hashim’s remarks on that occasion, we understood he knew so much about the Nigerian economy and how to improve it. He is knowledgeable about the Nigerian people more than the sitting President and PDP’s flag bearer.
“We also see him as a third force to be reckoned with. He is a bridge builder since he has biological link with the North. We have no reason to forsake him. We have every reason to deny others our vote in 2019 because it would surely be a disappointment at the “next level” and the implementation of a selfish “policy document.
“We have planned to organise a youth summit where we shall declare our unalloyed support for Gbenga Olawepo Hashim, mapped out strategy of convincing our elders, parents and peers in the Northern region on the need to support his candidature and avoid being deceived by leaders who had continued to recycle themselves in power to our detriment.”