On Saturday, youths across the country made a strong statement in support of Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello's candidacy in the 2023 presidential election, causing serious tension over who becomes the next president.
It was a simultaneous gathering of massive crowds of youths in over 36 states across the federation's six geopolitical zones in a show of force dubbed the 'Nationwide Capacity Rally for Yahaya Bello.'
Participants chanted solidarity songs and carried various placards in support of Bello beginning at 9 a.m. in all locations.
The youths, who claimed to have mobilized over 16 million active Permanent Voters Cards in order to achieve a Yahaya Bello presidency in 2023, stated that the nationwide capacity rally was to demonstrate that they meant business and would go all out for their own in the upcoming elections.
Under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bello, a presidential aspirant, has been a frontline in the area of massive youth and women mobilization, as well as a strong media presence in the ongoing presidential race.
Abdullahi Shuaibu Damat, the National Coordinator of the groups under the umbrella of Rescue Nigeria Mission, who was present at the Federal Capital Territory rally, said the youths were already thinking beyond the primary elections of the major parties in their quest for Yahaya Bello to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
Damat, who spoke at the Unity Fountain venue of the Abuja rally, said the youths had taken control of their future through technology, a determination to avoid money politics, and a heightened determination to participate actively in the upcoming election.
“If you have your colleagues everywhere in the nation – Bauchi, Sokoto, Oyo, Kwara, Anambra, Katsina, Kano, Gombe, Southsouth and all across the country, ask them about the kind of crowd they have seen today, simultaneously, in all the states.
“It has never happened before in Nigeria. This is what we mean by the phrase ‘it is youths o’ clock’. We want to appeal to the stakeholders and leaders to choose the person that can deliver the election at this point in time. In Nigeria today, no politician comes close to the Yahaya Bello structure.”
Speaking from the rally in Awka, Anambra state, Hon. Anthony Edogbo, the national coordinator of Bello Ambassadors Network, said the rally was necessary to keep easterners' morale high in anticipation of a youthful presidency through Gov. Bello.
The meeting point in Nasarawa State was at Kaura Plaza on Jos Road.
The large crowd walked to UBA Junction and congregated at Total.
They gathered at the Three Star Hotel in Jigawa and marched through the streets from there.
The crowd in Oyo State moved from ShopRite to Challenge, among other places, while the Kwara rally began at Kwara State Stadium, Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Ilorin, and moved through the Post Office to other parts of the state.
Sokoto, Kebbi, Gombe, Cross River, Borno, Kogi, Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Niger, Katsina, Bauchi, and Yobe, Akwa Ibom, and Zamfara were among the other states where the capacity rally was held concurrently.
Tell your boss make en clear arrears of salary for Kogi State naaa. Why on be all these ones? Yahaya, if na you dey run this account directly, pay Kogi Civil Servants wetin dey due to them naaaa. Which kain godlessness be all these ones?
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She bore me a son, he's 3years now... though her people knows me well from normal visitation..but I haven't been able to pay her bride price yet due to the hardship this regime has on us. life happened, unfortunately she got sick since February, ever since then from one hospital to another..I took several loans from people for hospital bills to the point of me looking sick myself.so sad for us we lost her last night.
I informed her elder brother who knows about all thats happening, he called me back this morning to tell me that his people told me to be prepared to marry her corpse. He went further and said if I don't pay her bride price, my boy will be taken from me and I should be ready to withstand the consequences. I was surprised, I called for the burial arrangements not for a marriage ceremony
I blantly told him, I won't, why would I get married to her corpse. He was angry and cut the call on me.
Am more concerned about my son, please lawyer's in the house do they have any right to take my son away from me? Even if they do am ready to give it to them, but spending money to Marry her corpse I will not.
I only brought this here, if had chance for my son whose still in my custody.
Baba you will marry her corpse. I dey 100% sure say na so Igbos dey do am. I don't know about others
BirtherOfKings: His beard and teddy bear hugs plus unexpected cheek kisses Unfortunately pastor disagrees cos he is divorced and 12 years older plus broke and lives with his mama ..I certainly know how to choose them
So, na Pastor dey dictate wetin dey happen for your life?