An Oyo State-based youth group, Ojo Ola Oyo, has described as “a flash in the pan”, the social media-generated buzz surrounding the ambition of Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi.
Ojo Ola Oyo Founder, Mr. Kehinde Olaosebikan, said this on the sidelines of the group’s extraordinary meeting at Mount Pleasant Hotel, Podo, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The youth leader said the euphoria about Obi will soon fade.
Olaosebikan said such flashes were not new to Nigeria’s political, social and economic environments.
He noted that they usually disappear as they come “because they were never based on anything concrete but mere fantasy, illusion and grandstanding”.
Olaosebikan also shed light on his projection that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be the next President of Nigeria, despite Obi’s seeming popularity.
He maintained that from his experience with fellow youths, they would rather act based on realities and proven records of achievements, having suffered so much in the hands of politicians who had promised them heaven on earth but eventually made life more hellish for them.
Olaosebikan said: “This is not the first time we are witnessing such fleeting euphoria. We have seen pastor-politicians who gained temporary traction because of the declaration that God asked them to contest for president.
“In business, we had seen flashes in form of finance houses promising incredible interests; in real estate, we had seen flashes of mortgage firms making impossible offers during the time of ‘everybody come inside’.
“In medicine, we have witnessed passing euphoria too, where marketers promoted a drug for the cure of all ailments that eventually cured nothing; all hurtled because they were based on fantasies.
“From my experience with the youths today, including those you are seeing here now, they can be said to be wiser now and more realistic. They are not ready to take promises. They want to see what you have done concretely in the past and assess you mainly on such accomplishments and feats.
“So, I can tell you they are ready and more inclined to vote for the candidate that is known to have ‘developed boys to men’ as the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio described the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Party (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; the candidate that has developed and mentored both young and old Nigerians to become governors, ministers, vice president and president.
“He is a leader and candidate that has brought prosperity to his state by raising its internally generate revenue (IGR) from less than N1 billion to N15 billion within eight years; a candidate that has brought marked growth and stability to the political and social being of his state, making Lagos the model for development in all aspects in Nigeria today.
“This is someone the youth can look up to, in whom they see hope and greater Nigeria ahead.
“For me, Nigerians, both the young and the old, should be practical in the choice of our next president and consider capacity, competence, experience and antecedents and not any primordial sentiments or promises based on a misapprehension.”
He urged the youths to use cyberspace more positively for their businesses and towards the growth and unity of Nigeria as well as for the promotion of the person with the best track records of making life better for the masses of this country.
Olaosebikan said Asiwaju Tinubu has demonstrated to be the best so far amongst all the former governors and leaders in Nigeria, particularly those contesting the presidential race with him, in all aspects of life.
“Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has established himself as the most functional politician, leader, administrator, nation builder in the country today,” he added.
President of Ojo Ola Oyo, Mr. Wale Adesope, pledged the total commitment of the group to the APC presidential candidate.
He promised that when the campaigns proper start, the group would embark on a “house to house, cell to cell, media to media, platform to platform” campaign to fully mobilise the youths for Asiwaju Tinubu.
Adesope added: “We are very sure that he will do well for the youths as the President of our dear country.”
He hailed the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, for the “numerous life-changing innovative programmes his ministry had implemented.
He noted that the National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) was the best thing to have happened to Nigerian youths in real empowerment – economically, socially and politically.