A pan Yoruba Group, Yoruba Youth Forum, has said that the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is the best option for Nigeria now.
The YYF President, Olusegun Bolarinwa, disclosed this in a statement released by the group after addressing some journalists in Lagos on Sunday.
Bolarinwa said the All Progressives Congress-led administration had made a mess of every sector, particularly the economic sector.”
“During the electioneering period President Buhari and his party, the APC, made promises which made us to believe them, but none of the promises was fulfilled. Nigeria is fairly bad under the present administration,” he said.
Bolarinwa added, “After a series of consultations with Yoruba leaders and kings in the South-West, we have decided to support Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for a better Nigeria. We believe that Atiku will perform better than Buhari, having served in Obasanjo’s government. We believe that Atiku will use his wealth of experience to transform Nigeria.”
Bolarinwa said that it was regrettable that former President Olusegun Obasanjo “who brought democracy to Nigeria in the Second Republic could be tagged as a hypocrite by Prof. Wole Soyinka.”
Bolarinwa said that the current administration came to power because Obasanjo supported it in 2015.
He said, “We all know that President Buhari has performed below expectation and that is why Obasanjo is not supporting him again. You cannot expect Obasanjo to fold his arms and allow Nigerians to suffer again. With his attacks on Obasanjo, it is now obvious that Prof. Wole Soyinka is a politician in disguise.
“He should come out in clear terms if he is supporting Buhari for a second term. I don’t know whether he is member of the APC.”
He said Soyinka should tender an unreserved apology to Obasanjo, saying that he should change his opinion about Obasanjo “because Obasanjo is a politician of note and a respected leader in Africa.”