Deji Mike Adebayo, representing Oyo State, has emerged as the winner of a Reality TV Show, tagged “The Next President Show”.
Thirty-seven contestants, regarded as ‘Youth Governors’ in their various states and FCT, slugged it out in Abuja to vie for the youth president’s seat.
Mr Daddy Kris, organiser of the event and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Superior Radio and Television (SRTV), said 14 of them made it to the final round before the winner was decided at the grand finale in Abuja.
Hajara Usman Muhammad, representing Kano State won the first runner-up position while the second runner-up position went to Abubakar Ali, representing FCT. Obinna Kalu, representing Abia State, emerged as the third runner-up.
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Kris, represented by Mr Kenneth Paul, Head of Operations, SRTV, said the aim of the Show was to imbibe leadership skills in youths and equip them to aspire to hold leadership positions in the country in the nearest future.
According to him, Nigeria does not have a shortage of natural resources or human resources but she lacks the effective mechanism to coordinate the human and natural resources to the benefit of her citizens.
“The Next President Show is to engage young people in our democratic processes and groom them as future leaders.
“This show started from the local government areas to the states and then, President; all aim at constructively engaging young people in governance and thereby grooming future leaders,” Kris said.
He also said that they have designed a trust fund to support viable young leaders in the country.
Adebayo had earlier told journalists that their leadership skills had been tested and that they were able to show their capacity to lead from their various states.
Adebayo, who doubles as the Chairman of the Youth Governors Forum, said that each contestant had a mentor from their various states and that they have been interacting with different political leaders.
At the grand finale, Some Nigerians who had supported the development of the youths in the country were honoured.