It seems Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, might be forced to join the 2023 presidential race especially with the fact that he has these backing and support of about 42 Northern Youth Groups. By the way, that is massive support and if used well, could place him on a good pedestal in 2023. ( I doubt if any Northern presidential aspirant has such support at the moment)
The Northern youths are quite optimistic that the former FCT minister has what it takes to lead the nation. They spoke in Yola, the Adamawa State capital at a news conference addressed under the umbrella of Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF).
National Chairman of NYLF Comrade Elliot Afiyo, said Mohammed was picked after a delegation of the youths took a vote among 145 delegates selected from the 19 states in the North.
Afiyo said the governor polled 116 votes to edge out media mogul and businessman Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, who got 23 votes. He said there was only one invalid vote.
He said: “I hereby declare today the 9th of June, 2021 that the NYLF the umbrella body of the 42 Northern Youth Groups has publicly endorsed Senator Bala Mohammed as our choice Candidate for the 2023 Presidential Election under any political party.
“For the benefit of some of you that may not identify Senator. Bala Mohammed physically, we hereby unveil the different faces of our choice Candidate and we strongly believe and truly too, that he will surely fix our dear nation Nigeria.
“To this end, I am hereby directing all our members in Nigeria and abroad, to immediately commence consultations, lobbying and campaigning for the choice candidate even though we are yet to contact him”.
He said: “We want to reiterate our genuine commitment to the Nigerian project and ensure her corporate existence by putting the national interest above any other interest.
While Bala Mohammed seem like an unpopular candidate, the massive support and endorsement might elevate him to the status of a dark horse in the 2o23 presidential election cliffhanger. You just never know…