The South-West youth leaders of the All Progressives Congress have urged the party’s national leadership not to cave in to pressure to change the date of the party’s upcoming national convention, which is set for February 2022.
Under the auspices of the APC South-West Youth Leaders, the youth leaders also beg the party’s leadership to ensure that youths take over all of the party’s national leadership positions at the convention.
Mr Kolade Lawal, the Acting South-West Youth Leader, spoke for the group on Monday at the APC Secretariat in Akure, Ondo State’s capital, and stated the convention’s schedule must not be changed.
According to him, the party’s youth leaders from the South-West states of Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, and Lagos praised Governor Mai Mala Buni’s Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee for being firm and tenacious in their approach to party management.
He said, “We the youths of the APC in the South-West states are already looking forward to February for the conduct of the national convention. We are upbeat and are already mobilizing massively ahead of the convention. We are confident that our national leaders, being men of honour, will allow the party to stick to its own promise and let our word be our bond. We ask the party leadership not to listen, let alone accede, to the cacophony of sponsored suggestions in some quarters that the February 2022 date be still pushed forward to a later date.
“The people making this dangerous suggestion are familiar retrogressive voices who do not mean well for our party. They and their suggestions should be thrashed in the dust bin of history. Instead, we urge the party leadership to remain steadfast on the choice of February as the definite date for the conduct of the convention. Anything short of this is not good for the party.
“For sure and certain, the next national convention is make or mar for the APC. Whether the APC will continue to remain united, indissolible, big and strong is firmly predicated on the kind and quality of decision our leaders take at the convention in February. Our leaders should therefore be careful not to play cheaply into the hands of some doomsday prophets who have wildly predicted the end of our party in a short while.”
In response to the group’s position on youths taking over leadership, Lawal argued that in the upcoming convention, young and vibrant party members should be permitted to take up strategic leadership positions.
“The party should look into the pool of youthful aspirants from among those contesting for key positions, such as national chairman, deputy national chairman, national secretary, national organizing secretary, zonal vice chairmen, national youth leader, national woman leader, among others, and assist competent ones amongst them to victory; for them to lead the party to victory in 2023 and beyond”.
“The party should remember that youths are presently performing wonders in the private sector and other spheres of life, despite daunting challenges, and so consider competent youthful members that are not above 50 years for membership of the new National Working Committee”.