A coalition of 82 youth groups in Sokoto State on Monday endorsed the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan during the Feb. 14 elections.
Reports have it that the youths endorsed Jonathan and his deputy, Namadi Sambo, at a PDP town hall meeting.
Newsmen also reported that the forum, which also flagged off the non-violence campaign, was organised by the Directorate of Youth Mobilisation of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation.
Speaking at the ceremony, the PDP National Youth Leader, Mr Abdullahi Maibasira, said the PDP abhors violence and other acts capable of causing disunity in the country.
” The PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan in particular believes in the sanctity of human life,” he added.
Maibasira further said that Jonathan would sustain his commendable youth-oriented programmes and policies if re-elected.
According to him, elections should be for peace and national development and not for any selfish interests.
” The youths should therefore shun all acts of violence, collect their PVCs and should come out en masse and vote Jonathan as well as other PDP candidates at all levels in February’s general elections.
” Nigerians generally should do this during the forthcoming polls to enable Jonathan to consolidate on the achievements of the Transformation Agenda,’’ he said.
The PDP Youth Leaders in Sokoto and Zamfara states, Alhaji Aliyu Gidan-Kanawa and Yusuf Alhassan respectively, urged Nigerians not to vote on religious or ethnic lines.
Alhaji Akibu Dalhatu, a chieftain of the party in the state and a former Special Adviser on Youths and Students Matters, warned youths against indulging in acts of violence which may mar the elections.