A former Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, said the appointment of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State as the National Youth Coordinator of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council is well deserved.
Naija News had reported that Tinubu, in a letter he personally signed on Sunday, said Bello was appointed because he has distinguished himself as a worthy ambassador of the party.
Tinubu stated that Bello’s impressive political achievements and exemplary leadership make him qualified to lead the youths in the party ahead of the campaigns.
He expressed optimism that Bello would conduct an effective, message-driven campaign that could lead the ruling party to victory in the 2023 presidential election.
In a chat with The Punch, Shittu said the Kogi governor was appointed as the National Youth Coordinator because he understands the language of the youth of the country.
The former minister pointed out that Tinubu was known to add people who would bring value to his campaign.
He said, “Bello is about the youngest governor in Nigeria today. Evidently, he understands the language of the youth of Nigeria.”
When reminded that Bello’s critics believed he did not have national relevance when his influence as governor was taken away, Shittu said: “The same Yahaya Bello? I don’t think so. Besides, there is nothing preventing Tinubu from appointing as many youth ambassadors for his campaign organisation as he likes.
“Secondly, talking about influential young persons, are the North-Central youths not part of Nigeria? Who has done the test to show that Bello’s influence does not go beyond the North-Central? For me, I don’t see any difference here. The more, the merrier.”