Professor Christopher Imumolen, a presidential candidate for Accord, asserts that, as a young person, he is excellently prepared to handle the numerous and varied difficulties facing young people in the country.
Professor Imumolen, 39, is the youngest of the 18 candidates seeking the presidency of Nigeria in 2023. He asserts that no one knows the psychology and distinctive characteristics of youth better than a teenager.
It would be a terrible blunder on the part of the youths to be duped into endorsing such people, he says, in light of the efforts of some of his fellow candidates to give the idea that they are youths when they are not.
“The clamor by the younger segment of the population for a president of the youth extraction probably led to some persons migrating to other political parties and attempting to dress in the garbs of youths,” Professor Imumolen said during a recent interview in Lagos.
“But we all know that once a person grows past a certain age bracket, he can no longer be referred to as a youth.
“So, strictly following that analogy, I can unabashedly say that I am the only authentic youth going into the 2023 presidential elections. I need to make this categorically clear in order to sensitize the youths in this regard.
“Now, beyond making that clarification, I want to let the youths know that I represent their voices, that I am the one who knows their problems and therefore naturally positioned to solve them.
“They should know that this is a unique opportunity for them to make a bold statement about the much sought-after paradigm shift in the power equation of this country.
“I want them to know that being in the most active and largest segment of the population, they hold the aces as regards wresting power from the older generation that hasn’t offered them anything for decades.
“I want them to be analytical, and clear-minded in making their choices. They should not be moved by the globe rhetorics of some candidates who are trying vainly to not only pass themselves off as youths but claim knowledge of their deepest desires and aspirations.
“I, Professor Christopher Imumolen, is offering the youths a future. A future where they will be appreciated, where their talents, intellect, abilities, innovativeness and resourcefulness would be positively engaged and utilised for the good of themselves, and the country.
“I make a solemn promise to them today. No hardworking, progressively-minded youth in Nigeria will be left abandoned and uncatered for if I earn their mandate to become the country’s next president,” he added.