A Nigerian Youth and Diaspora Forum has thrown its weight behind the presidential ambition of the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The Chairman of the forum, NYD4BAT, Tito Philips, said at the inauguration of the group in Lagos on Wednesday that the ultimate goal of the organisation was to garner about five million youths who had obtained their Permanent Voters Cards to vote for Tinubu in the coming 2023 presidential election.
While unveiling an e-campaign for Tinubu, the forum said its choice of the National Leader of The All Progressives Congress among other presidential aspirants was borne out of his contribution to democracy in the last 23 years and his quality and capacity as a bridge builder, technocrat and visionary leader.
Philips said, “Tinubu’s sterling quality stands him out among others. We are a voluntary campaign support group comprising Nigerian youths both at home and abroad. This initiative is a brain child of three actors my humble self Adeniyi Sanusi, who is based in Europe as the chairman of the group in diaspora and Dr. Ajibola Abayomi, President, Journalist International Forum on Migration.
We, like many other Nigerians have been incredibly impressed by the political dexterity and contributions of BAT over the 23 years of Nigeria’s democracy. As a result, we decided to lend our voices, skills, resources and energy to help educate and inspire Nigerian youths to vote BAT as Nigeria’s next president come 2023.”
According to Philips, NYD4BAT’s missions include mobilizing political support and votes for Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s presidential ambition beyond the party line.
He said, “Our plan is to also garner five million votes for BAT through a responsible campaign both on and offline by reaching out to other critical stakeholders; to organize the Nigerian youths both at home and in diaspora into a formidable political movement for good governance in Nigeria; to campaign for BAT through a well-defined ideology and concept devoid of politics with bitterness and to engage the Nigerian youths on the state of the Nation during electioneering campaign for positive attitudes devoid of violence.”
He noted that the campaign strategy would be based on verifiable results, adding, “We are not going to allow prevailing sentiments to form the basis of our campaign, we will mobilize youths on the basis of research, knowledge and facts. We are going to engage the Nigerian youths through the languages they understand best; entertainment, sports, technology, fashion and business. Our e-campaign strategy will ensure we take the message straight to the youths across major social media platforms and mobilize them for offline activities.