APC Zonal Youth Leader: I Won’t Surrender My Mandate – Segun Tomori
Being the Press Statement of All Progressives Congress (APC) Zonal Youth Leader Consensus Candidate, Olusegun Tomori
It was with great shock that I learnt late Saturday afternoon as the national convention got underway that a certain individual named Lawal Kolade that didn’t take part in the All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination process was smuggled into the ballot to run with me.
I had earlier emerged by consensus as the unopposed Zonal Youth Leader South-West of the APC after receiving massive support of key party leaders and a wide segment of youths within our great party. That resulted in the Nation newspapers publishing my candidacy thrice within a space of 4 Days. Indeed other mediums also announced my candidacy corroborating the Nation story.
The fact remains that Lawal Kolade or Laoke Olanrewaju that was announced winner never participated in the nomination process or went through the screening process. As at Saturday morning when I went to collect my “Aspirant tag” at the convention secretariat, his name was nowhere to be found and truly I was going into the election for mere affirmation as the unopposed candidate. I also received calls from prominent members of my party caucus in Lagos and the Southwest that I was the consensus candidate before the elections got underway, but lo and behold, late Saturday afternoon, abracadabra started playing out.
First, my name was omitted among the list of unopposed candidates that was announced. When I called the attention of some convention officials, they insisted my name was on the list. I however knew something was fishy when I saw ballot boxes bearing my position, and later ballot papers that included the usurper and I.
The product of that devious manipulation resulted in the electoral heist that culminated in the declaration of Olanrewaju as the winner of the election. I reject the results in its entirety and put the usurper on notice that I am the VALIDLY elected Zonal Youth Leader, South-West of the All Progressives Congress.
Under no circumstances will I surrender the mandate freely given to me by a wide segment of our youths and the vast majority of party stakeholders in the South-West.
I had thought the APC will use the opportunity of this convention to reinvent itself but a powerful few will rather the party sunk deeper into infamy. We won’t allow them. On behalf of millions of youths inspired by my #GenerationNext campaign that threw their weight behind me, I vow to explore all legal means to retrieve my mandate.
I call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the new party chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to urgently intervene and ensure that this injustice is redressed and I am duly returned as the elected APC South-West Zonal Youth Leader.
Zonal Youth Leader South-West Consensus candidate
All Progressives Congress (APC)