A Group, Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) has denied endorsing Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike or any other candidate ahead of the 2023 general elections, saying only three candidates were recommended and Wike was not among them.
President of the Group, Elliot Afiyo, in a statement, frowned at media reports, claiming the group endorsed Wike and others ahead of the 2023 political contests.
His statement read, “the attention of the Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) has been drawn to so many publications in print and electronic media both in National and International Organizations that the NYLF has endorsed Senator Bala Mohammed, Chief Raymond Dokpesi or Senator Bola Tinubu as our preferred Candidates for the 2023 presidential elections during our NEC meeting in Sokoto on April 10, 2021.
“Even though our Political Committee Chairman, Dr Sadiq Abubakar has held a Press Conference in Kano to clarify the position of the NYLF, yet, some media organizations went ahead to broadcast and publish the erroneous Report.
“We then wondered from where the BBC and VOA got their report that included Governor Nyesom Wike among the recommended persons and was subsequently endorsed by the NEC of the NYLF”.
According to him, the NEC meeting in Sokoto was purposely convened to receive the political committee’s Report and fix a date for the Delegates Conference during which the Delegates comprising all the Chairmen and Secretaries of the 42 affiliated Youth Organizations and all the Zonal Officers will vote.
“The candidate to be endorsed must get 2/3 of the total votes.
“During our NEC meeting in Gombe on the 14th of February, 2021, the NEC shortlisted thirteen (13) Politicians and directed the political committee to carry out thorough research or checking on them and put forward their recommendations to the NEC.
“From the Report presented to us only Senator Bala Mohammed, Chief Raymond A. Dokpesi and Senator Bola Tinunbu were recommended for consideration by the NEC,” Elliot added.
“The NYLF has not and would not endorse anybody until May 20, 2021, which by the grace of God, will be done in a public sphere and a transparent manner.
“Until then, the public should discard and disregard any information on the endorsement of Candidates by the NYLF for 2023 Presidential Elections”, he maintained.