Youth Groups Give APC Two Weeks Ultimatum to Reverse Election it’s Youth Leader
The last has not been heard about the election by the All Progressives Congress (APC), electing an alleged 52-year old Dasuki Ibrahim Jalo as its national youth leader.
A group known as the Progressive Forum for Youth Civil Organisations (PFYC) and some non-governmental organisations have issued a two-week ultimatum to the All Progressives Congress (APC) within which to reconsider the election.
The coalition suggested that the youth leader should resign his position honourably in the interest of the party.
PFYC however warned that the party would be faced with massive protest vote by the youths in 2015 if it fails to remove the youth leader from office.
According to a communique issued at the end of its meeting weekend in Abuja, PFYC observed that the election of Jalo was retrogressive, discriminatory and undemocratic.
The chairman of the coalition, Mr. Tosin Adeyanju, insisted that the issue was not a party affair as it affected the youths of the country.
He also said ignorance of the ideal age bracket for youth leaders in political parties should not be an excuse to flagrantly violate the rights of youths.
According to him, youth groups resolved that more seats, in addition to the office of the youth leadership, should be reserved for young, competent persons who would bring their creativity, dynamism and innovativeness to bear in furthering the development of party politics and administration in the country.
Other recommendations include the 30 per cent affirmative action for into elective and appointive positions in political parties considering that the youths account for more than 70 per cent of their voting population and volunteers during elections.
“If the party is really serious in winning election in 2015, they must reconsider their step. What we are interested in is the right of youths. If they rescind their position, everything will die down.
We are not people that can be bought over, We are going to look for a party that upholds the yearning of youths if APC fails to rescind its steps on election of an aged youth leader and I believe the party will not want to make that mistake,” he said.
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