President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, Alhaji Shettima Yerima, has revealed what the northern youths are doing to ensure President Muhammdu Buhari does not return to power in 2019.
Buhari had earlier in the week declared to re-contest in 2019.
Shettima also attacked the governors of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and others for pressuring the President to seek reelection.
He described the governors and some Buhari’s ministers as failures who have nothing to offer.
Shettima, speaking with Sun, said his group was going around the country mobilizing the youths to obtain the PVCs with which President Buhari would be sacked.
He said, “We have expected this and we have already prepared for him. We are ensuring that every Nigerian youth obtains his or her voter’s card.
“We will ensure that we secure our votes and our votes count. We didn’t expect him to say that he was not going to contest. This is democracy and no one can deny him the right to contest.
“He had admitted that he ought to have been doing something better than he is doing, but age and ill health have actually overtaken a lot of things in him.
“So, we were thinking that, as a man with integrity; a man who had said he would only go for one term, should understand that he would be under pressure put on him by his cabinet members and governors, who have failed and want to use him to be relevant.
“Because of the president’s age, and health, these people want to control Nigeria, and they have to pressure him in order for them to remain in power. Since he has made up his mind, there is no problem, but we are going to ensure that he fails when the time comes.
“We know he is under pressure by some governors, ministers and kitchen cabinet, we are also mindful that some of these governors have failed woefully and don’t have anything to show to their people, especially, the governors of Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara, they are calamitous to our society.
“They have nothing to offer. If Buhari is not contesting, they are finished because they have allegedly amassed public funds. They cannot explain what they did with the Paris refund loan.
“Many of them are in a mess and to them, it is a do or die, but for us, it is not so. The tenet of democracy must come to play and all of us must ensure that we insist, advocate and sensitise Nigerian youths to get their PVC.”