The All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign coordinators on Sunday met in Abuja to review their campaign operations and perfect strategies to maximally mobilise voters to support its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), and his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in the next month’s polls.
Ahead of the general elections the party has brought together all the student leaders loyal to the party from the nation’s higher institutions for a sensitisation meeting on how best to galvanise students’ support to vote for Buhari as the next president.
Addressing the state coordinators of the Buhari campaign organisation, the Deputy Director General of the APC Campaign Council, Senator Olorunmibe Mamora, urged them to sensitise the party supporters on the need to collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs).
Mamora who described the campaign so far as highly rewarding, reminded the coordinators that the role in the field operations would be key to the party’s success as they are going to represent APC’s interests during the election.
In his remark, the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, charged the coordinators to go back to their states and constituencies to mobilise voters, adding that the victory for the party will not be easy to achieve.
“Power is not given, rather it is earned through hard work. The Osun experience is pure and simple, a manifestation of the power of the people to massively come out and vote and protect their votes,” he said.
Meanwhile, the National Youth Leader of APC, Alhaji Dasuki Jalo, at the weekend, met with some student members of the party to map out plans to woo more students to back Buhari’s candidacy.
Speaking at the meeting held at the Buhari presidential campaign headquarters in Abuja, Jalo urged the students to ensure that they get their PVCs, and sensitise as many people as possible, adding that: “This is a revolution for people with PVCs to drive Jonathan and PDP out of government.
“We found it necessary this kind of interaction to familiarize ourselves and know ourselves which is the only way we can create synergy between us and also appreciate you for all that you have been doing. Also, this is important as it will enable us re-strategise on how to approach campaign, how to approach elections and how to participate as well as monitor the election, and that is why we feel the student have a very important role to play.
“Many people have asked, why Buhari? Of course, all of us know what Buhari means, even though some of us were very young and some of us were not born when he was the head of state, but because of his track record, he remains among the very few incorruptible, honest and trustworthy leaders we have in this country today.”
Jalo told the students that Buhari had promised to tackle the issue of unemployment which he said the current economic situation in Nigeria does not give easily.
He said: “Buhari has promised to create two million jobs the first year of his administration if voted into power.”
In his contribution, the Coordinator of Students’ Mobilisation for the APC presidential campaign, Abdulrahman Agboola, said Buhari has the capacity to return the country to the path of prosperity, as he blamed bad governance for the fallen standard of education in the country.
He recalled the pivotal role played by Nigeria’s founding fathers in the mould of late Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo and Sir Ahmadu Bello as students in rescuing Nigeria from the clutches of colonial masters, urging the students to work assiduously towards ensuring victory for Buhari at the poll.
He assured them that under Buhari presidency, schools would be well equipped; unemployment would be curtailed even as the lost glory of the intelligentsia in the international community would be regained, and the spate of insecurity in the polity would be brought to an end.