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APC Youths Call On  Tinubu To Support Young Candidate As APC National Chairman(Must Read)

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APC Youths Call On  Tinubu To Support Young Candidate As APC National Chairman(Must Read)

TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY COALITION OF PROGRESSIVE YOUTHS (COPY) ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2021 AT IBIS HOTEL, IKEJA, LAGOS STATE.

1. Good morning, gentlemen of the press. We feel especially privileged to have you here this morning, considering that this is a festive and holiday season when everyone is taking a much-deserved rest. We thank you most sincerely for your sacrifice and we appreciate you all.

Jagaban

2. We gather here today as a group to put in public domain our position regarding the 2023 politics, especially as it concerns our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

3. We acknowledge the inalienable right of all qualified citizens of Nigeria to aspire to the highest office in the country, and any other political office for that matter. We also note the capacity and the impressive qualifications of some of the potential aspirants that have indicated interest in running for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the expiration of the tenure of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

4. Leadership, especially at the level of the presidency, is often not a function of brawl and physical strength. This is why we believe that the President of Nigeria in 2023 should be a man with requisite maturity tapered with age, someone with proven ability to discover and deploy Nigeria’s vast human potentials and talents to advance the progress of the country.

5. The person that fit this bill in our considered estimation is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Jagaban of Borgun and the national leader of the APC.

6. By all standards imaginable, Asiwaju is the ‘political lion’ of the South West, who stepped into regional leadership after his tenure as a governor, helping many innovative and reform-minded individuals to attain political leadership in their states; and as a result entrenching almost a total progressive politics within the South-West geopolitical zone.

7. But as much as we believe that Asiwaju possesses the right mix of experience and network to give Nigeria the right type of leadership, it is our considered opinion that he, Asiwaju and by extension, the APC must strike a generational balance between the leader of the government and the head of the party.

8. Considering the age of Asiwaju, the interest of the youth of party, with our sustained agitation for inclusion in the last few years, would have to be catered for in the emerging 2023 political arrangements in order to attain a good generational balance in the power equation.

9. The population of Nigerian youth, which has been said to be so huge that it’s more than the population of some countries as a whole, cannot be disregarded in any political calculation. This is why, in our considered opinion, the prospect of an Asiwaju presidency recommend that the party must be headed by a younger person of less than 50 years of age.

10. This is therefore a direct charge to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to not only lend support but also lead the way for our legitimate agitations for a younger National chairman of the APC at the February 2022 convention.

11. In other words, we, the youths of the APC, in clear, unanimous and unmistakable terms demand a new kind of politics that take cognisance of our generational diversity by ensuring that we do not put both the party and the government in the hands of elderly people to the exclusion of the youths. Doing otherwise would only but portray the APC as insensitive, especially in this time that youth agitation for inclusion is rife.

12. With the country still barely out of the woodsood of post-EndSARS agitations and protests by Nigerian youths, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was smart to cash in and make political capital out of the situation by electing 25 year old Kadade as their youth leader. Considering that there is actually no news in a youth becoming a youth leader, the euphoria that greeted the election of the PDP’s 25 year old suggest that Nigerians will be looking forward to see what the APC will do differently.

13. As young people, we are a creative force, a dynamic source of innovations, and we have undoubtedly, throughout history, participated, contributed, and even catalyzed important changes in the political systems of the country.

14. But in spite of this, we still suffer an apparent discrimination in the decision making processes of both the party and the government. This has to stop, and the time to stop it is NOW!

15. The forthcoming convention is therefore, an opportunity for our government and the party’s structure to act its commitment and give life to the leadership aspirations of Nigerian youths as envisioned in the Not-too-Young-to-Rule Act by President Muhammadu Buhari.

16. Ladies and gentlemen of the press, as young people, we understand the trite principle of politics and power play which states that power is not served ‘A LA CARTE’.

17. This is why we commend some of the young persons that have taken the bold step of aspirating for one positions or the other in the party ahead of the critical February 2022 National Convention.

18. We commend particularly Messr Saliu Mustapha, from Kwara state, Muhammad Etsu, from Niger State and Muhammed Bello, from Taraba who have thrown their hats into the ring for the position of the APC National Chairmanship.

19. We assure them of the unconditional support of the youths of the APC spread across the states of the federation. We ask them not to give up, rather they should consolidate and align in order to achieve a united front.

20. In February, we are ready to turn out in our large numbers and mobilize with our full strength to drive home our hopes and aspirations as critical bloc in the party. We will use what we have, which is our number, to get what we want and demand.

21. We hope that our concerns, as expressed here, will help to improve the ongoing permutations and arrangements as regards the 2023 politics.

22. Thank you all, and may God continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Samuel Olalere
National President

Doyin Aiku
National Secretary

Mashood Ismail
National Publicity Secretary

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