A coalition of youth groups in the Northern senatorial district of Ondo State under the aegis of Akoko Youth Coalition (AYC) has adopted Bunmi Tunji-Ojo popularly called BTO, as its candidate to represent Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives in 2019.
The coalition in a statement jointly signed by its Coordinator, Olawale Mutiu and Secretary, Adesewa Oyewole, yesterday, said the decision to adopt BTO as its sole candidate, among others, was reached after several months of assessing the manifestoes and profiles of the major aspirants from all the political parties jostling for the position.
AYC said: “We took our time to study the profiles and manifestos of the major aspirants who have declared interest in the seat, because we don’t want 2019 to be business as usual.
“From our assessment, Tunji-Ojo stands out, not just for his youthfulness, but also for his credibility, competence and capability. Among all the aspirants, he also stands out as one whose wealth of experience in the private and public sectors would be brought to bear in the office to transform the landscape of the constituency when elected.
“A candidate who is highly exposed, experienced and have strong relationship with both young and old, have contributed immensely to the development of the society is what this constituency needs at the moment. Such candidate when elected would no doubt be accountable to the people and also deliver greater dividends of democracy to the constituency.”
The group however, urged the All Progressives Congress (APC), which BTO belongs to, not to make the mistake of fielding an unpopular candidate in the constituency, because the youths in the constituency have adopted the most respected candidate among all its aspirants.