Ahead of the 2015 general election, members of the New Generation Nigeria, a youth organisation within the All Progressives Congress (APC) have asked the former Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to run for the presidency in 2015 on the platform of the party.
In a statement co-signed by its president, Alhaji Musa Abdulkadir, Secretary-General, Chief Philip Coker and Publicity Secretary, Chief Victor Anyawu, the group said it had come to realise that only a good visionary leadership can salvage the country from its challenges.
"Having studied the political mood of the country, we members of the New Generation Nigeria, a youth organisation within the APC, have come to realise that only a good visionary leadership would take Nigeria to the promised land. That is why as a youth movement, we are calling on Saraki to run for the presidency in 2015 under the platform of our great party," it said.
Some of the reasons the group adduced for supporting Saraki's candidacy include, the need for generational change and the fact that Saraki is the bridge between the young and old generation.
Another reason is that having been governor for eight years and now a serving Senator, Saraki has both legislative and executive experience.
"Saraki is a detribalised Nigerian, nationally known and acceptable; he is a technocrat and great professional, academically sound and politically relevant. He is a cool, calculative and organised Nigerian who is nationalistic in vision and patriotic in nature. Saraki is a digital politician with extraordinary capacity for change. He is a quality needed dearly in the attainment of good governance," it said.
The group cautioned that the politicians are at it again, trying to deceive Nigerian electorate and hoodwink them into giving them their votes.
"It is a period where people who have failed their constituents would embark on ambiguous adventures to deceive the electorate. But the masses should beware of political hawks and vote out gerontologists by accepting change. Nigerians should shine their eyes well.
"At 54, Nigerians are unanimous on one verdict: our great nation has not fulfilled its potential and our realities are far from our ideals. It is time for a new generation to build a modern Nigeria. It is regrettable that 54 years after independence, we have failed to realise the dreams and aspirations of our founding fathers.
"We are ranked high among other oil oil-producing nations but in the global encyclopedia of economic development, Nigeria still lags behind. We import fuel and have no electricity. We have some of the best brains on earth, yet we cannot make Nigeria work. Saraki is a credible alternative.
"Nigerians are yearning for good governance from their leaders. We need good roads, good hospitals, good schools, adequate protection of lives and property where we will wish to take a stroll in the night without fear of being hacked down. We need constant supply of electricity, water, food to eat and a decent housing.
"We want sensible policies that create opportunities; to profit from our labour, to use our God-given abilities to improve our lot and to take care of our aged parents and siblings. We can only attain these with effective, capable, caring, courageous and visionary leadership. We require fresh ideas and new thinking. This is the kind of leadership Saraki exemplified even as Governor of Kwara State,” the group added.