CITIZENS COMPASS– ONE Day Governors in Lagos on Sunday, threw their weight behind the candidature of the Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying this will give Nigeria youths a sense of belonging.
The Governors lauded Asiwaju for demonstrating love and humility to Nigeria youths.
They said this was reflected in his roles while vacating his seat for the One Day Governors to perform their One Day roles in the state.
They Governors spoke at a virtual press conference on the Presidential Candidature of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The governors lauded a Spelling Bee competition, an initiative of the wife of the Presidential candidate, Senator Oluremi Tinubu which has projected many public school students to become One Day Governors, deputy governors, speakers and commissioners in the state.
They said, “There is no doubt that Nigerians are preparing to set up a new democratic dispensation in February 2023.
“Elections are held every four years in line with the Nigerian Constitution to elect new representatives for the executive and legislative arms of government.
“As expected, not less than 18 parties have put forward candidates for the offices at House of Assembly, Governorship, House of Representatives, Senate and the Presidency.
Campaigns have also started in earnest as candidates sell their track records and manifesto of their vision to the Nigerian people.
“A boy or girl is the product of his or her experience. We are Nigerian youths. Our experience has made it an obligation to come forward at this time to address this press conference.
“The condition and aspiration of students in Lagos State primary and secondary schools went through a revolution in 2001 when, for the first time, mentoring youths and nurturing them to imbibe values of achievement took a radical dimension with the introduction of the Spelling Bee competition. It was the pet project of Senator Mrs Oluremi Tinubu. Her husband, our father, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu was the governor.
“Every child who has demonstrated some proficiency in English Language was invited by school managers to compete so that the school could present it’s best candidate in the inter-school competition.
“The competition moved from local government education districts to state districts to the finals. The best candidate to spell won.
What values did we learn?
First, that your achievement in life is ultimately determined by your effort, not by the wealth or poverty of your parents.
“Secondly, that the acquisition of knowledge and skills is critical to your success.
“Thirdly, that only a leadership that cares for the youths and facilitates their development is serious about sincerely ensuring that the youths will be the leaders of tomorrow.
“Fourth, that performance is not determined by your tribe or religion or class. It is determined by how you use your talents and skills.
“Finally, we were taught to see ourselves as products of the investment of public resources and such must imbibe patriotism, enterprise and be our brothers and sisters’ keepers.
“Without any fear of contradiction, I wish to say, each and everyone of us who emerged One Day Governors and our fellow winners who were deputy governors, speakers and commissioners have gone into the world and we are excelling.
“We wish to thank our father, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who, despite the fact that we were just teenagers, showed the highest example of love and humility for vacating his office for us to perform our role as One Day Governors.
“It also showed the huge respect he has for the womenfolk and our mother, Senator Oluremi Tinubu in particular, for not saying women could only function in the kitchen and not rejecting an idea that has transformed our lives.
“The above testimony leads us to the logical conclusion. There is no better candidate than our father, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We urge fellow youths to use our example and experience to liberate themselves from the campaign of calumny of those who had similar opportunity to show love, care and give youths in their states self-confidence and a secured future but failed woefully to do so.
“A Tinubu presidency will give youths real sense of belonging and integrated participation.”said the Governors.