During her 27th Delegates Conference in Yola, Adamawa State, Northern Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) unveiled their Presidential candidate through an open ballots process.
Four hundreds and forty five delegates attended the conference and cast their votes to two most outshined candidates of the group, in persons of Senator Bala Mohammed, the present Governor of Bauchi State and High Chief Raymond Dopkesi, owner of AIT and Raypower.
Bala polled one hundreds and sixteen votes while Dopkesi got twenty eights votes, one invalid votes was recorded.
National Chairman of the group, Comrade Elliot Afiyo while delivering his speech said a decision to unveil their choice candidate was unanimously decided within two weeks after the Union's last Conference.
In his speech he said NYLF will ever fight Bala to end his political career if he refuse to contest in the coming 2023 presidential elections.
"We want to state clearly that he has no choice as his refusal will be considered or is tantamount to betrayal of trust and confidence by the teeming Northern Youth. We are not threatening him, but to tell him the gospel truth that his failure to come out now, will deny him his vibrant political future because we will ensure that we work against him politically and discredit whatever his political achievements if he fails to give us genuine and convincing reason why he would not contest in the 2023 presidential election." Afiyo said
Afiyo said the election was unique and transparent, for the first time in the history of NYLF, an independent body was invited to conduct the voting and security personnel were asked to stay away from the voting center.
"This is to avoid any pressure on the Members. The voting process was transparent and acceptable to all the Delegates irrespective of their directions and support." He said
While praising the Committee for doing a thorough job being Political and Intelligence Experts and finally submitted three names to the National Executive Committee (NEC), he said "Senator Bala Mohammed scored the highest votes, and therefore met the requirements as specified by our Constitution for the endorsement.
"Having agreed with us, I hereby declare today the 9th of June, 2021 that the NYLF the umbrella body of the 42 Northern Youth Groups has publicly endorsed Senator Bala Mohammed as our choice Candidate for the 2023 Presidential Election under any Political Party."
He further called on all NYLF Members in Nigeria and abroad, to immediately commence consultations, lobbying and campaigning for the choice Candidate even though they are yet to contact him.
He continued to say that the endorsement is however, does not and will not stop any group from endorsing any candidate of their choice. But NYLF and all the affiliated groups their endorsement of Bala remains sacrosanct and he is their standpoint and there is no going back.
"We want to use this opportunity to also congratulate Raymond Dopkesi who came second out of 27 people that were shortlisted. NYLF has no doubt that Senator Bala Mohammed has the capacity to fix our Nation-Nigeria we can proudly vouch for his integrity, doggedness, fairness and honesty. We are indeed very proud to having him in our generations. We sincerely appeal to him, to genuinely remain faithful and contribute to the peaceful co-existence of our Nation.
"We would like to appreciate the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Chairman and Secretary Adamawa State Chapter, for accepting to conduct this historic election on behalf of our Political Committee. We also extend our sincere appreciation to all the Journalists in Adamawa State for their support, encouragement and understanding to NYLF since 1994. We say a big thank you.
"We cannot conclude this event without appreciating the Executive Governor of Adamawa State Rt. (Hon) Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for the unparallel infrastructural development in the State. We are amazed and highly overwhelmed with what we are seeing in the State. It is our sincere prayer that God will continue to guide him.
"We also like to appeal to him to consider a monthly-stipends as palliatives for the Youths and other less privileges in the State.
"We want to reiterate our genuine commitment to the Nigerian project and ensure her corporate existence by putting the National interest above any other interest. We are aware of threats, intimations, blackmails and others, which always come after every of our endorsement from Nigerians, we are also prepared for such.
"We are ever determined to ensure that justice and equity reign supreme in Nigeria in order to secure our future and the future of the generations yet unborn. We want to assure Nigerians that the problems of insecurity, poverty and unemployment bedeviling our country will soon be over, Therefore, Nigerians should continue to have faith in God and pray without ceasing."