June 25, 2024

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Edo 2024: Students stand up for Shaibu’s aspiration

UP-COMING Edo State governorship election is gathering quantum momentum with students saying “yes to the honourable Comrade.”
The aspiration of Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu for the number one seat has received a boost from students of the University of Benin, UNIBEN.
Student-leaders marched-up, led by past and serving leaders of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) including executive council members of several departments, to converged on Shaibu’s campaign office in Benin-City, to pledge support for his governorship ambition.
Some of the students who spoke were Comrade Gilbert Success aka UNIBEN Oracle, Comrade Gerald Nnamdi and Comrade Happiness Ugheghele. They took turns to pledge unflinching support for Shaibu as he threw his hat into the ring, Monday.
After Sowore, perhaps Shaibu is the next national leader of Nigerian students to have aspired to to a major political office.
The student-leaders who went to Shaibu’s campaign office on Monday were unanimous in describing Shaibu as one of their own who has represented the youths effectively both as former NANS president and in the political space as a state and national legislator, and now serving deputy governor.
The students leaders say that the Edo State Number 2 citizen is a worthy ambassador of young people in Nigeria, affirming that they would have gone to court to compel Shaibu to join the governorship contest, if he had not declared, as he did Monday morning.
CentralNews heard them say: “We are here in our numbers as representatives of great Nigerian students from UNIBEN to pledge our total support for your governorship ambition.
“We are convinced that you the 100% Homeboy Edo people are looking forward to and there is no doubt whatsoever that with your antecedents, you have the pedigree and capacity to deliver and take Edo State to the next level.
“As one of our own and a vibrant and articulate youth for that matter, we will mobilize and support you to ensure that you become the next governor of our dear State.”
In his response, Shaibu stated that by his exposure and experience as a youth-leader, he has become adequately prepared and equipped to be governor of Edo State, come 2024.
The Deputy Governor went down memory lane as he chronicled his struggles and sacrifices with other like minds in fighting for the emancipation of Nigerian students and the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria.
“I am happy to be getting this kind of massive support from my fellow youths and students. We are told that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow, but the journey to taking over positions of leadership in our country starts today.
“By the grace of God and with your support, the Edo State of our collective dream is possible.
“All l enjoin you to do is to go about spreading the gospel of a better Edo State with Philip Shaibu as governor and let me assure you that I will not disappoint you.
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