APYF Congratulates Founder On Making Africa’s 100 Most Influential List

All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF) has congratulated its founder and former Chairman, Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed on the recent recognition accorded him as one of the most Influential People of African Descent, Global 100 Under 40.

The Forum notes that the sterling leadership qualities of Barrister Ahmed, coupled with his contributions to political development and good governance in Nigeria, makes him worthy of this honor.

Considering the visible and impactful role Barrister Ismaeel has played in the politics of Nigeria, especially during the campaigns and struggle to entrench progressive governance in Nigeria; we are proud to say this is a most deserving award.

As someone who has also made visible progress in his work as one of the frontline managers of Nigeria’s Social Investment Programs (SIP) in his capacity as the Senior Special Assistant on SIP to the President, lifting many households and individuals out of poverty and bettering the lot of millions of Nigerians; it is a fitting tribute to the capacity of Barrister Ismaeel as someone who combines the capacity of a politician with the refined intellect of an administrator. It’s therefore not surprising that the award is being awarded him in the ‘Politics & Governance category.’

To us in the APYF, we are most excited that our founder, who has done a great job mobilizing and galvanising young people from across Nigeria to embrace the ideological politics of our party, the APC, is being rewarded for his excellent interventions in the personal and political development of multitude of Nigerian youths.

While we thank the organization, Most Influential People of African Decent (MIPAD) for the honor accorded our leader, we also commend Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed for displaying compelling leadership attributes and his trademark ingenuity which has brought this sort of global recognition that we all are very proud of. It’s our prayers that God continues to strengthen the awardee and guide him to keep being the shining light and inspiration to our generation.

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Signed:

Ife Adebayo
National Chairman, APYF

Alwan Hassan
National Field Director

Oscar Obi
National Secretary

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Kwara APYF Appreciates Individuals, Groups For Gracing Events

The Kwara State chapter of All Progressive Youth Forum ((APYF) expresses its profound gratitude to individuals and groups who made the two day events (entrepreneurship workshop and Public Lecture/ Award ceremony/launching of magazine) a success.

Kwara APYF, uses this medium to thank the State Governor; His Excellency, Alhaji Abdulrazak Abdulrahman for attending the event through his representative, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Transport, Alhaji Yusuf Garba Manjo.

In addition, Kwara APYF also appreciates the State Chairman of All Progressive Congress(APC); Alhaji Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa, Federal and State legislaturer who have attended and in one way or the other contributed to the success of the event.

Kwara APYF appreciation stands incomplete if it fails to recognise the unquantifiable contributions of the guest lecturers and facilitators of the Entrepreneurship Workshop; the Parmenent Secretary, Kwara State Ministry of Commerce and Cooperative, the Chairman, Chatered Institute of Taxation Ilorin Disrict, Ayodimeji Olalekan Fatai, Jibril Habiba Lami, Nasiru Arisekola Suleiman(Esq) and Bello Abdulwahid Onikanhun who have all greatly imparted and expanded the entrepreneurial knowledge base of the trainees.

Kwara APYF also wish to extend, it appreciation to the leaders of some pro APC groups; Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation, Kwarans Act Now, Kwara North APC Yout Movement, Kwara Youth Stakeholders Forum, Kwara APC Youth Advocate and other independent groups, individuals and government officials who graced the event. We also say thank you to the awardees who despite the short notice have also find time to honour the invitation.

Finally, Kwara APYF expresses it immense gratitude to Braimah Mohammed and all APYF family across the country; the National Leaders, the Zonal Coordinators, the State Coordinators, Kwara state Executives of APYF, the Local Government and the Ward Coordinators of Kwara state APYF for travelling far and near to grace the events.

Tunde Salau
Kwara APYF Coordinator

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APYF Thanks Speaker Gbajabiala For Members’ Appointment

The All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF) has expressed its gratitude to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, for appointing two of its members as Special Assistants.

The Forum received with great delight the news of the appointments of Ms. Fatima Kakuri as Special Assistant on Gender Equality and Mr. Hamza Baba Ibrahim as Special Assistant on IDPs. Both appointees, who are amongst our most valuable members, would no doubt enrich the delivery of the necessary legislative intervention in the pursuit of the next level agenda.

While thanking the Speaker for living up to his promise of a deliberate youth inclusion in governance, APYF calls on the two appointees to justify the confidence the group places in their abilities and to represent the principles of competence, loyalty and dedication which the Forum espouses.

Signed:

Ife Adebayo
National Chairman, APYF

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APC Youth Forum Commends Senator Goje, Praises His Sense Of Patriotism

The All Progressives Youth Forum commends the exemplary and matured decision of Senator Danjuma Goje to back Senator Ahmed Lawan for the Senate Presidency position. The Forum notes that the action of Senator Goje depicts his unquantifiable commitment to the progress of the country, reason why it was easy for him to subsume his ambition to the larger interest of the party.

For the sake of unity and abiding desire for cohesiveness within the party and the government, Senator Goje made a sacrifice that would no doubt pass as a reference point and of course a lesson to all future politicians whose patriotic desire for the stability of our country is more dear to them than the attainment of a personal ambition. For this singular act, we commend Senator Goje and celebrate his principled passion for the betterment of Nigeria.

Having now increase the chances of our party-backed candidate to emerge the Senate President of the ninth Assembly, it is our prayer that majority of members, either APC or PDP, would see the need to eschew politics and promote the much needed unity in the collective interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.

It’s our hope that the sacrifice of Senator Goje would spur other members to also place the interest of the country above personal or group interest; and to use the opportunity provided by a new beginning which the ninth National assembly represents to advance the progress of Nigeria in line with the objectives of the current government under President Muhammadu Buhari.

Signed:

Ife Adebayo
APYF National Chairman

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NASS Leadership: Lagos APYF Backs Femi Gbajabiamila For Speaker

The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressive Youth Forum (APYF), has declared its full support to the decision of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to adopt Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The forum, in a press statement jointly signed by the State Coordinator, Dr. Sola Osindero, and Secretary, Lanre Oguntoyinbo, lauded the party leadership and stakeholders for zoning the speakership seat to the South-West, and adopting Hon. Gbajabiamila for the position, a decision that widely resonates across board.

According to the group, Hon. Gbajabiamila has always demonstrated his true passion for issues concerning Nigeria brilliantly through his Bills, motions and debates in the House.

 “Hon. Gbajabiamila is a true believer in qualitative representation; he has always taken an active part in debates on the floor of the House, and always on the side of truth and justice. Everyone could recall how he led a movement within the House in 2007 to end the “third term debate” agenda and machinations of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo to perpetuate his stay in office.

“As leader of the opposition in the House between 2011 and 2015, Hon. Gbajabiamila revived the role of the opposition in the House and continued to maintain a tough stance against the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was the first and only legislator to bring a motion on the floor of the House for the invocation of the doctrine of necessity, during the illness and absence of President Umar Musa Yar’adua, which led to the swearing-in of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as Acting President.

“Another landmark achievement of Hon. Gbajabiamila was when he Chaired House Adhoc Committee that investigated the claims by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) where about $1Bn was owed by Zenon Petroleum & Gas Limited and Forte Oil Plc which has been paid.

“Amongst his Bills and Motions in the House, Gbajabiamila has been very passionate about the Employee Rights Bill, Local content in Construction Industry Bill, Vocational Schools Bill, The Economic Stimulus Bill, Interest-Free Students Loan and Establishment of Nigeria Education Bank Bill etc. Gbajabiamila fought tirelessly on the floor of the House through motions to compel the National Assembly to recognize the newly created local governments in Lagos State.

“Gbajabiamila is the initiator of Lagos Job Fair, the first of its kind in SouthWest Nigeria, the job fair brought employers of labor drawn from public/private sectors and job seekers under one roof. Instant employments were given to meritorious candidates who are currently excelling in NAFDAC, SMEDAN, MIKANO, Lagos Inland Revenue Service and many others. After this remarkable success some states including Oyo adopted the Gbajabiamila model.”

The group however cautioned anti-party activities from lawmakers elected under the APC, saying it would resist any attempt to repeat the incidence of 2015 where some few individuals fraudulently rigged themselves into positions and delayed the 2017 budget for eight months where irregularities were satisfactorily inserted.

 “It is also important to note that the success of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration rest on the National Assembly. We advise lawmakers who may be aggrieved to comply with the party’s decision. APC elected legislators should understand that as a progressive party that operates on the principle of change, it is not a matter of choice to keep to the rules.

“We firmly hold the belief that this is the time for Nigerians to reap the dividends of democracy, and for this to manifest, returning lawmakers and newly elected legislators should back Hon. Gbajabiamila for Speaker of the House of Representatives in the interest of the country.

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APYF Backs Party’s Decision On National Assembly Leadership, Warns Against A Repeat Of 2015

The leadership of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF) has given its full backing to the decision of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) to present candidates for the positions of Senate President and Speaker respectively.

The Forum in a release signed by its National Field Director, Mr. Alwan Hassan notes that the preparedness of the party to get involved in the process of producing the leadership of the National Assembly is a clear indication that the APC has learnt its lessons from the 2015 experience.

“The success of the next level campaign is an opportunity to consolidate on the progressive reforms of President Muhammadu Buhari. It is therefore important that the APC as a party does not make the mistake of allowing a repeat of 2015 where individuals who do not share in the vision of the party wriggled their ways into leadership positions in both Chambers of the National Assembly

” It is in a bid to avoid a situation where internal competition between members of our party would again provide a window for the opposition to sneak back to the leadership positions in the National Assembly that the ongoing mediation of the NWC and Mr. President is not only necessary but quite significant.

“We acknowledge the freedom of every individual to aspire for any positions provided he is qualified under the law. But this is a time to respect the wisdom of the party in deciding to increase the chances of the APC to produce the National Assembly leadership without risking the surprise that the opposition party may spring as a result of internal divisions that a free for all fight for the positions may create within the party”, a part of the statement read.

While urging all the other members of the party who are also interested in contesting the positions to subordinate their ambitions to the supremacy of party decision; the Forum calls on all patriotic Senators and Honorable members, particularly those of the APC, to eschew selfish agenda and back the persons favored by the party in both Chambers in the interest of the country.

Signed:

Alwan Hassan
For: APYF

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Kwara APYF Lauds Oshiomhole’s Move To Unite Legislatures

The Kwara state chapter of All Progressive Youth Forum (APYF), has commended the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on the move to unite and prepare the members of the National Assembly elected on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC) towards having an effective and productive 9th assembly.

This was contained in a release signed by its coordinator Comrade Tunde Salau, who said the interaction of the APC National Chairman with the incoming 9th APC National Assembly members of both chambers will adequately prepare them for the tasks ahead and ensure a robust and fruitful tenure, unlike the controversial and unproductive 8th assembly brought about by the self-centered and tyrannical leadership style of Bukola Saraki.

Comrade Salau added that this will also enable them (the APC national assembly members elect) to choose their leaders in a transparent and democratically acceptable manner as against the hypocritical, cunning and backdoor method adopted by Bukola Saraki at the beginning of the 8th assembly.

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Harvest of Death: APYF Replies Amnesty International, Warns Against Undermining Peace In Nigeria

Our attention has been drawn to a report on the farmers-herders clashes launched by Amnesty International Nigeria on Monday in Abuja. The report, tagged “Harvest of Death” captured only three years (2015-2018) of the decade long conflict, but cynically and deliberately ignored reports from previous years.

The attack by Fulani herdsmen did not start in 2015 as reported by Amnesty International. Between July 2012 and June 2015, suspected herdsmen wreaked havoc on villages in Benue and Plateau States which led to the death of Senator Gyang Dantong and the Majority Leader of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr. Gyang Fulani.
On April 23, 2013: 10 farmers were killed in an attack in Mbasenge community, Guma L0cal Government Area of Benue State, by suspected herdsmen; on July 5, 2013: 20 people were killed in a conflict between Tiv farmers & herdsmen at Nzorov, Guma LGA; on November 7, 2013: attackers strike at Ikpele & Okpopolo communities killing 7 and displacing over 6000 inhabitants, and many more.

It is worthy of note that the inability of the Goodluck Jonathan administration to find a lasting solution to the killings led to President Muhammadu Buhari inheriting the menace which has then spread to other local government areas and communities in Benue, Taraba, and Plateau States. Fortunately, Nigerians elected a President capable of nipping the conflict in the bud.

Contrary to what is stated in the report by Amnesty International that “little has been done to prevent, arrest and prosecute,” the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has arrested and prosecuted some numbers of suspected militia herders which include the Commander of Livestock Guard. Alhaji Tashaku Aliyu, and Haruna Usman. Seven Fulani herdsmen that were invlolved in the kidnap of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation have been sentenced to life imprisonment by an Ondo State High Court.

Troops on AYEM Akpatuma exercise arrested among others, two persons, Danasebe Gasama and Danjuma, aka “American”, in connection with the killings of Takum and Ussa local government areas of Taraba state. Troops of the 93 battalion of the Nigerian army stationed in Tukum, Taraba State, arrested nine well-armed militia from Benue, claiming to be members of government sponsored security volunteers.

Aside these arrests and prosecution, the Nigerian Customs Service under the able leadership of Hameed Ali, intercepted 470 pump action rifles imported from Turkey.

That Amnesty International will in a misleading manner go ahead to release a report saying “government failures fuel escalating conflict between farmers & herders” is unacceptable.

Where was Amnesty International when Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, paid a visit to Benue state to assess the situation of the state particularly the displacement of people? On June 25, 2018, Vice President Osinbajo, visited Plateau State to condole with the people, and held meetings with community leaders and initiated a reconciliation process? Also on June 26, President Muhammadu Buhari, visited Plateau State and assured everyone of a long lasting resolution to the crisis.

We feel compelled to remind Amnesty International of the N10bn fund approved by President Muhamamdu Buhari for rehabilitation of farms and farming communities in Benue and Nasarawa States, and has also been made available to Plateau State. That fund is to enable farmers who have lost farmlands to the conflict go back to their farms and provide whatever assistance is required.

So far, the federal government has implemented the permanent positioning of security agencies in certain communities that are prone to these type of violence. The Nigerian Military has also deployed additional Special Forces to support OPERATION SAFE HAVEN in Plateau State. Additional security units have also been set up in Benue State with large deployment of special intervention force to flash point areas in Benue State.

It is therefore important to state here that the cynical and self-serving report of the amnesty international is aimed at dividing us as a nation and undermine the relative improvement and peace sustained in the troubled areas. Whatever the aim of their report is, we are confident that Nigerians won’t buy into their plot to give life to a virus that has long ceased to exist.

We again reiterate that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is committed to serving the people of Nigeria, and will stop at nothing to sustain lasting peace enjoyed in every parts of the country.

Signed:

Alwan Hassan
For: All Progressives Youth Forum

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Buhari At 76: APYF Felicitates With President

The All Progressives Youth Forum, APYF, joins well-wishers across the country and around the world in celebrating the 76 Birthday of our dependable leader, the incorruptible President, father of the nation and Commander in Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari.

As Nigeria continues the process of a total rebirth under your leadership; your birthday has become synonymous with the newness that our country is now witnessing. Each time we celebrate your life and existence, it reminds us of how pivotal your sincerity and truthfulness has helped this country to regain a new life. No doubt, your life has greatly impacted the fate of Nigeria and its future.

APYF is ecstatic and thankful to God that when the enemies of the country wished you death, the omniscient God kept you alive and has now blessed you with even greater energy to move our country to the next level. The policies and reforms of your government may not have swell the purse of the minority elite; but they have impacted the lives of the majority of the downtrodden who, through your social investment programs especially, have come to know that a government can exist for all and not just a few privileged individuals.

As young people and fellow custodians of the mandate of our great party, the APC, we see your birthday as yet another opportunity to provide a more purposeful leadership and rededicate yourself in the service of Nigeria and its people. We pray that the Almighty, in His infinite mercies, will endow you with greater wisdom and grace with which to continue to pilot the affairs of this nation to greater heights.

Happy birthday, once again, Mr. President. Live long and well sir!

Signed:

Alwan Hassan
For: All Progressives Youth Forum

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North Central APYF Endorses Elaigwu For Benue Deputy Governorship

The North Central caucus of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), a youth wing of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has endorsed Mr. Yusuf Sulaiman Elaigwu has the preferred candidate for the Benue State APC deputy governorship position in the 2019 elections.

The caucus observed that while many highly qualified individuals have indicated interest in the job, the technical and financial knowhow of Mr. Elaigwu, coupled with his youthful energy, are the characteristics that combined to make him the most ideal candidate to occupy the deputy governorship position of Benue State at this point in the life of the State.

While drawing the attention of Benue APC stakeholders to the humongous network and contacts that Elaigwu would deploy to complement the efforts of his principal when elected, the group note that it’s time Benue State capitalised on the resourcefulness and pedigree of visionary young people like Yusuf Elaigwu to drive the growth and development of the State.

While calling on party leaders in the State to give Elaigwu a chance to prove the worth and capacity of an average emerging leader in contemporary Nigeria; the North Central APYF emphasizes its trust in the ability and capacity of Yusuf Elaigwu to discharge effectively the functions of his office if given the chance.

Signed:

Muhammed Abdullahi
For: North Central APYF

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Lagos APYF Expresses Support For Tinubu, Sanwoolu, APC

The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), the most vibrant youth group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), wishes to affirm its support for the Lagos APC and the party’s executives.

Over the years, Lagos State has been addressed as an economically viable state and a crucial catalyst for economic turnaround of the country as a whole, No wonder it ranks the fifth largest economy in Africa; thanks to the excellent Master Plan crafted by our National leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who put aside his personal interests, and alongside, some of the best minds in this country, birthed a plan for economic development that has daily improved the lives of Lagosians.

An example of the implementation of this Master Plan in other states was when the present National Chairman of our great party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole emerged as the Governor of Edo State and alluded to the fact that he needed to learn how Lagos was getting it right and then replicate same in Edo.

Comrade Oshiomhole came over to Lagos with his core team to understudy the Lagos developmental model. And this worked well in Edo.

Today, Lagos State, through the visionary leadership of Asiwaju Tinubu, and a corps of dedicated and patriotic Lagosians, has produced the present Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, (SAN); Former Lagos State Governor and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN); Dr. Babatunde Fowler, Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS); Mr. Wale Edun, former Lagos Commissioner for Finance, and a host of others. Lagos is working, we believe in the structure that has produced these leaders, and we believe in this structure to deliver a gubernatorial candidate for the party in tomorrow’s primaries, a candidate who understands the blueprint of the Master Plan conceived and implemented by his predecessors, and eager ready to return Lagos to the finest path which it has strayed from in the last three years. And we trust that in 2019, Lagosians will come out en masse to support the APC’s candidate as we continue to deliver on the great example of good governance that Lagos exemplifies.

Dr Sola Osindero
Lagos State APYF Coordinator

Lanre Oguntoyinbo
Lagos State APYF Secretary

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2019: Kwara APYF To Mobilize Thousands Of Youths For APC

The All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), the youth wing of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state is set to mobilize thousands of youths across the state to ensure APC emerges victorious in the presidential, governorship elections and all other positions across the state in the 2019 elections.

The group added that “That this is the time to liberate the people of the state from the grip of tyrannical leadership.”

State Coordinator of APYF Tunde Salau added that the forum is “looking forward to organizing an interactive forum with the aspirants; wherein the governorship aspirants will have a face-to-face discussion with the youths on issues or challenges affecting the youth and how they (the aspirants) plan to tackle such challenges if they eventually occupy the number one seat in the state.

Comrade Salau hailed Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the state APC chair Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa, for organizing a successful parley for all APC governorship aspirants in the state.

APC on Wednesday this week organized a parley with all the 12 governorship aspirants in the state.

Salau said members of the forum were impressed with the success of the programme being the first of its kind in the history of not only in Kwara, but in Nigerian politics.

“We believe that there was no place in the history of Nigerian politics where aspirants of the same political party were given an opportunity to present their manifestos to the electorates in an organised setting.

He added that “This singular act demonstrates the uncommon leadership charisma of the minister and the party chairman Bashir Bolarinwa for encouraging transparency, accountability and unity in the party and among the aspirants who saw themselves as brothers and partners in progress during the programme.”

 

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