15-year-old launches support group for Tinubu, APC opposes

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has voiced its opposition to a 15-year-old being involved in politics.

A secondary school student from an unnamed Lagos school, Mercy Williams, has launched a political support organization called City Boy Progressive Group (CBPG) to rally support for the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The student’s father, Friday Williams, served as a broadcaster for Faaji FM and Jordan FM before health issues pushed him into an early retirement, according to sources.

Meanwhile, Williams’ decision to delve into politics at such a young age had split opinions even within the APC, as a considerable number of party stalwarts applauded her courage while others, including the party’s national publicity director, Bala Ibrahim, frowned upon her action.

Speaking to The Punch in an interview, the Director General of the CBPG said: “I got attracted to politics at the age of 10. I even campaigned actively for Muhammadu Buhari, who is our current president. Before then, I have been closely studying the contribution of Asiwaju Tinubu and his achievements, especially in Lagos politics. I like everything about him so much that when he announced his intention to run for presidency, I was motivated to create a group this year to rally support for him.

“I didn’t even know the group could be this massive today. We presently have state coordinators in some major states to date. Even on Facebook, our followers cut across the 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory and the Diaspora. Quite a lot of people have also bombarded us with requests to join the City Boy Progressive Group.

“What matters is that I am able to contribute to his winning the 2023 presidential election. It is true that I have not met him physically. But I am eagerly looking forward to meeting him before or after the election. That is because I am sure he will become the next president of Nigeria.”

However, APC was not impressed.

Reacting to the development, the party’s publicity director kicked against the idea of allowing a teenager to run a political group, reported The Punch.

Ibrahim noted that, aside from amounting to an abuse of privilege, critics may view it as an attempt by the APC to recruit underage people for election.


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