The football championship is APC's initiative targetted at endearing the party to Nigerian youths.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has initiated a nationwide football tournament for youths within the party.
The event tagged APC National Unity Cup Football Championship was organized by the party’s national youth leader, Honourable Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo.
The week-long event kicked off in Abuja on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
The Niger state governor, Abubakar Bello witnessed the first match between Jigawa state youths and their Benue state counterparts.
Speaking to journalists at the event, Governor Bello applauded the initiative by the APC youth leader for the initiative.
He noted that Nigeria is blessed with various sporting talents, stressing that all hands need to be on deck to harness them into super stars to be reckoned with worldwide.
On his part, the APC deputy national chairman (south), Engineer Segun Oni, who represented the party national chairman, Chief John Oyegun, hailed Jalo for organising the event, adding that the party was the first to initiate such a championship.
He emphasized on the ability of sport to encourage national unity and coexistence
He canvassed for the tournament to be extended to the ladies within the APC.
“I have been assured by the youth leader that this will be extended to the ladies for gender balance,” he said.
Jalo said the tournament is part of the APC’s move to initiate and implement strategic programmes that would endear the party to Nigerian youths.
“This competition would bring out hidden talents in football which can be showcased to the world for future benefits to the individuals and the nation at large,” he said.
Highlights of the event include freestyle footballing and entertainment by various music and dance groups.
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