The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), the umbrella body of all the Youth organizations/groups in Nigeria, under the leadership of Ambassador Sokubo Sara-Igbe Sokubo has declared support for all NYCN members and current cum past leaders who are contesting for any elective position in the forthcoming general elections, especially Bishop Sunday Onuoha who was the pioneer state Chairman of NYCN Abia State Chapter.
This was disclosed to the media at the celebration of the African/National Youth Day held in Port Harcourt. At the event, the NYCN led by Amb. Sokubo Sara-Igbe Sokubo, in the company of all the State Chairmen and all the National Executive Council (NEC) members of NYCN present, publicly endorsed Bishop Sunday Onuoha as the Youth’s Candidate in the Abia State 2023 gubernatorial election. According to Amb. Sokubo Sara-Igbe Sokubo;
“Bishop Sunday Onuoha is one of our own. He was the pioneer Chairman of NYCN Abia State Chapter and laid a very solid foundation for NYCN in Abia State. It is worthy to mention that during his tenure, as the Chairman of NYCN, the Youth of Abia State gained uncountable scholarships and received several empowerment packages and bursary awards from the State Government. He was selfless and worked for the overall interest of the entire Abia Youth, as the State Chairman of NYCN.
“Today, he is contesting for the Number One Seat in Abia State, under the platform of African Democratic Party (ADC). He is a Gubernatorial Candidate who has demonstrated his passion and love for the Youth constituency. He has unmatched records in Youth empowerment and sustainable development amongst all the Gubernatorial Candidates in Abia state. His manifesto is a Youth-oriented manifesto.
“Owing to his antecedents and being one of us, as the pioneer Chairman of NYCN Abia State Chapter, we are going to support him to win the gubernatorial election come 11th March 2023. In the Company of all the State Chairmen and the NEC members present today, I hereby declare him as our choice come 11th March 2023.
“NYCN is not known for political awards, not under my leadership. However, today we are giving out an outstanding Award to Bishop Sunday Onuoha as a sign of our support and solidarity for his gubernatorial ambition. It is a way of showing him that we are solidly behind him and will walk the talk with him during the elections.
“I hereby call on all the Youth, especially the Youth of Abia state and all NYCN structures in Abia State, to rally around him and throw our heavy support behind him to ensure that he emerges as the next Governor of Abia State. We shall be in Abia state to support his campaign and canvass for massive votes for him.
“I wish to use this opportunity to call on all the Youth across the federation to support any credible Young Person contesting for any elective position in the forthcoming elections, across all the political parties. Aside credible Young Persons in the contest, I enjoin us all to support any candidate who has championed Youth cause or has worked as a Youth leader in the past. It is time to repay those who have us at heart and those who have worked for our good; it is time for us to lend them our unalloyed support.
“Your Excellency, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, I say congratulations to you in advance. Receive this award as a sign of our unalloyed support to you. We believe you will run a Youth-oriented government when you win on the 11th of March 2023. Once again, congratulations in advance”.
The President of NYCN, Amb. Sokubo Sara-Igbe Sokubo, also admonished the Nigerian Youth not to get involved in any form of electoral violence. He encouraged all the Youth with PVC to go out vote peacefully on the days of election as it a civic responsibility.