17th April, 2022
Dr. Hafsat Abiola-Costello said Governor Yahaya Bello will defeat Bola Tinu, Yemi Osinbajo, and other heavyweights vying for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 presidency.
The Director-General, Hope 23, Yahaya Bello Presidential Campaign Organisation stated this at a World Press Conference in Abuja on Sunday.
Abiola-Costello insisted that Bello will win in a free and fair contest.
The D-G, however, said though it was clear that Bello had resisted the idea of godfathers for long, he would carry the older politicians along when he becomes the president of Nigeria.
“It is good that you said, heavyweights. But he will win in a free and fair contest.
“His chances are actually the best of the group because in a competition, it is about the voters and 60 percent of Nigerians are under 30. I am his Director-General because I believe in him.
“There has been a groundswell in our country by young people to play a bigger role in our political affairs.
“You do know about the not too young to run campaign that has been going on for a long time, which led to the President signing the Not Too Young to Run Bill into law.
“Nigerian young people are ready to take more responsibilities in the governing of our affairs and this is the young people’s candidate.
“But we really value and appreciate the heavyweights and those you call tested politicians, and they can be sure that if God willing, we have president Yahaya Bello come 2023, he will carry them along, he will be consulting them and seeking their counsel.
“He will be wanting to build on their networks and resources because the country belongs to all of us, it belongs to the tested politicians and most especially, the young people of Nigeria,” the campaign D-G said.
On zoning, she said that the APC as of today had thrown open the contest, not restricting it to any zone, noting that everyone was eligible to contest regardless of the zone.
“At this time, the APC has said that all aspirants are free to contest. They have given no restrictions by zone and we are guided by that and our aspirant has the freedom to put his ambition forward.
“I can assure you that his aspiration has been done with a lot of consultations from within the party to the highest level and there have been no reservations to his aspiration…The support across Nigeria is overwhelming,” she noted.
Abiola-Costello described Bello as a unifier that her late father represented, adding that when he emerged, he would also tackle issues of poverty, insecurity, and other challenges facing the country.
“I see in Bello that he is a unifier in Nigeria. We need a Nigerian leader that is a unifier that believes in all Nigerian people and will fight for all Nigerian people.
“MKO was such a man. This Gov. Bello is also such a person. In his own cabinet in Kogi, all six geopolitical zones are represented.
“This is also somebody that fights for young people. His government has 95 percent of young people in his cabinet.
“He doesn’t just use them for campaign, he put them in government with an opportunity to have dignity,” she said.