Concerned youths under the auspices of New Nigerian Agenda, NNA, are holding solidarity rallies in four South-East states with a view to drumming support for the in-coming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari.
Director-general of the organisation, Honourable Chinedu Okpalanma while speaking at the official launch of the organisation in Abuja yesterday, premised the statewide rallies in Awka, Abakaliki Enugu, and Umuahia on “the need to build on the momentum of the national acceptance of the electoral victory of Gen. Buhari and the APC; to ensure that Nigerian youths come together to play their roles in ushering in a new government for the people.”
He believed this was the only way the incoming government would engage more youths in administrative positions which would help give them a greater sense of belonging to the Nigerian dream,” he noted.
According to him, “The results from the South East states as announced by INEC for the presidential elections was not a true reflection of the votes cast by the youths in the region.
“We want to first congratulate our president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for his deserved victory at the polls. We believe Nigerians have spoken through their votes, and the wishes of the people have also been respected,” he said.
Also, ‘‘We want to congratulate our dear president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, for sticking to his promise and giving Nigerians a free and fair electoral process and for showing exemplary statesmanship by conceding defeat, which has helped peace to prevail in the country.”
Commenting on the governorship and state assemblies elections slated for Saturday, the director general challenged chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Atahiru Jega to “ensure that the coming governorship and state assembly elections on Saturday are a true representation of the peoples votes.”
Speaking on the rationale of the New Nigeria Agenda, he explained that the idea was to sensitise Nigerian youths on the roles expected of them which would help to ensure they actively participate in bringing in good governance in Nigeria.
Okpalanma enunciated that “we have a robust database of millions of young Nigerians who worked with us for the Presidential elections, and we are collapsing all of them into the NNA with the sole aim of giving young Nigerians a voice once they know what roles they must play for a better Nigeria,” adding that ‘‘we understand that the task at hand is enormous for the incoming government, so if we really want them to succeed, we must all play our parts.”
At the moment, he said, “About two million Nigerian youths from various groups and organisations have aligned with us and believe in this project; and we are also using this medium to call on other young Nigerians to come on board so that together we can join hands to help build a better society for us all.”

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