‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja
Daily Courier – The national youth leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Dayo Israel has dismissed the online trolls supporting the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi referring to it as the noise of a rat.
Israel, was responding to a question during the inauguration of the taskforce on revalidation and registration of youth and student support groups across the country.
The question inter alia states: “Are you not threatened by the recent development of large numbers of youths mobilizing to vote Peter Obi?
The youth leader replied: “First, is a lion threatened at the noise of rats in his backyard?
So you must understand that we have continued as a party to play our part and the youth wing of the party has continued to rise to the occasion to mobilize the young people of our nation.”
He maintained that while the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are not threatened, they not sitting on their oars.
“That’s why we have this dynamic crop of young people who are passionate about change, because we believe that the future of the party belongs to us.
“And that’s why we have co opted all of these dynamic gentlemen to come together. To say that we must also begin to mobilize young people in our own party.
“Like I said, we have a structure of the youth wing, the party youth wing is not going to do the work alone.
“We’re going to do it with the support of support groups and campaign groups” he said.
The youth leader who referred to himself as a general reiterated that the party’s response to all ongoing mobilization by other party is also a wake up call on his field marshals to deliver when the chips are down in the general election.
“All our battalions and garrison commanders in our party support group across the nation, and bring them together to ensure that we begin to mobilize Nigerian youths in our various states or zones and our constituency for the party’s victory.
“So yes, we are not threatened. At the same time, we’re not sitting on our oars and expecting a miracle to happen. We’re doing the job and this is part of doing the job.
“We want to document all our support groups. We will then begin to create programs and activities for them. We’re going to train them we’re going to give them skills. We’re going to work with them to ensure that all the various support groups are delivering in their various zone” he submitted.
On the other strategic moves to guarantee victory in the general election, he hinted that another special committee will be inaugurated next week that is going to focus on the introduction of e-membership for the APC Youth Wing.
“We’re going to start registering young people by the grace of the Almighty into our Youth Wing of our party and with that begin to mobilize young Nigerians to come and test and see that our party is good, and then begin to work with them to begin to impact on their various communities.
“We’re going to be engaging all the SSA and SAs of youth age across the 36 states of Nigeria to ensure that they are impacting on the young people in their various states.
“We’re going to be engaging our governors to ensure that they are also delivering the dividends of democracy in their various state.
“When everybody’s doing their work and on their toes we will make more impact and the more impact that we make, the more result we’re able to work for the party.
“So let me announce to everybody that the APC youth wing is like a lion that has risen to roar and we will not be defeated” he concluded.