The Diplomatic Youth Movement of Nigeria has dumped the PDP – The group said it was aligning with the APC for President Buhari’s election –
The group promised to mobilise support for the APC at the grass root level
The Diplomatic Youth Movement of Nigeria (DYMN), a support group of the Peoples Democratic (PDP), has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee of Youth Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) to ensure the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. Malam Yunusa Mohammed, DYMN national coordinator, on Wednesday, January 23, in Abuja, said the organisation decided to join forces with the CYMS in the interest of Nigerians and youths in particular.
He spoke when he led some members of his organisation on a courtesy visit to the chairman of the CYMS Board of Trustees, Festus Uchenna. Mohammed said the DYMN which was originally registered as a support group under the PDP in 2014, resolved to join forces with the APC to work for the re-election of President Buhari because of the trust they had in him.
“We support and strategise for any candidate we trust and want to work for; we have mobilisers across the federation who serve as our foot soldiers. Elections are actually worn at the grassroots, and that is our base, from where we are going to start working,” he said. Mohammed, however, noted that information reaching those at the grassroots, especially on the achievements of the APC Buhari-led administration had not really been robust, adding that his organisation was ready to change the narrative.
He stressed that his organisation would be ready and willing to work and carry out any responsibility that may be assigned to it, so long as it was aimed at ensuring Buhari’s re-election on February 16. Obinna Nwaka, CYMS director-general who received the group, said President Buhari had done so well, and had given youths of the country a sense of belonging.
He added that Buhari had to a large extent, ensured security in the country and had stabilised the economy even though he inherited a near- empty treasury. He said the Buhari administration had also recovered lots of funds from those who looted the country`s treasury while they held public office.
Nwanka said Nigerians, especially youths would forever, live to remember what President Buhari was currently doing for the country. He maintained that it was God`s plan for Buhari to be the country`s president at this point in time, adding that he deserved a second term to consolidate on his achievements, so far. “It is now our responsibility to give him the required support by re-electing him on Feb. 16, so that he will continue the good work God has assigned him to do at this period.
“The re-election of Buhari should be a collective effort irrespective of our political affiliations, tribe and standings in the society so that he can continue to consolidate on his achievements,” he said. He commended the national coordinator of the DYMN for seeing reasons why his group should support Buhari`s re-election. According to Nwanka, Buhari is the only one that believes in the interest of youths and future of the country who does not believe in material things or acquisition of wealth. He also said that Buhari was the only president in the country`s history that had given youths political empowerment by signing the not too young to run bill into law to bring them into mainstream politics.
He said the Nigerian Youth Forum and the Justice Group, both of which are support groups, had earlier, joined the DYMN to work toward the re-election of President Buhari. Meanwhile, Alhaji Aliyu Idris-Ibrahim, the council chairman of Zaria local government area of Kaduna state on Wednesday, January 23, said only corrupt Nigerians are jittery about Buhari’s victory in the forthcoming general elections. The council boss said this during the presentation of certificates to contractors awarded infrastructure projects in Limancin Kona ward of Zaria local government area of the state