“We want to appreciate President Buhari for this initiative. This is the first programme that I know was not political. It is not politically motivated, but was established to alleviate the suffering of our youths.
At least Eleven thousand beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s N-Power in Ekiti State have assured President Muhammadu Buhari they will vote for him next year.
The beneficiaries noted that through the scheme, the President had offered them a lift from poverty and unemployment irrespective of their political leaning.
At a ceremony yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the capital, where 8,000 letters of enlistment were distributed, the beneficiaries hailed the scheme for giving them an economic safety net.
State President of N-Power Beneficiaries Forum Dare Oladimeji described the Federal Government under the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the best to lead Nigeria beyond 2019.
He noted that Nigeria cannot afford to slide into the hands of corrupt politicians, who looted the treasury and brought hardship to the masses.
Oladimeji hailed Buhari for conceiving and implementing the scheme, which he said known Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members and sympathisers were benefiting from.
He said: “We want to appreciate President Buhari for this initiative. This is the first programme that I know was not political. It is not politically motivated, but was established to alleviate the suffering of our youths.
“You didn’t need to know any senator, House of Representatives member or politician to be enlisted in the scheme. I only applied online and my name featured as a beneficiary and since then I have not been denied this right.
“We believe that if President Buhari continues beyond 2019, this programme will continue and many youths will still benefit. It was on this strength we are declaring our support for him in 2019.”
Hailing the N-Power beneficiaries for their public support for the President, APC’s State Publicity Secretary Taiwo Olatunbosun said the endorsement was a signal they wanted Buhari beyond 2019.
Olatunbosun said: “This open declaration of support for President Buhari shows that Nigerians are appreciative of the APC-led Federal Government. Ekiti people didn’t mince words by converting this into action by electing Dr Kayode Fayemi as the next governor of our dear state.
“Whatever the detractors of this government said, Nigerian youths are ready to vote for President Buhari because of the way he has been waging wars against corruption, stabilising our economy and fighting insurgency, which crippled Nigerians under the PDP-led government.
“This showed that Nigerians are appreciative of what our government has been doing.
“Beneficiaries of this scheme, which encompasses N-Agriculture, N-Computer and N-Education, have become economically stabilised by setting up their own businesses and becoming employers of labour rather than being job seekers…”