…lambasts Baraje-led nPDP
The youth wing of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of Forum of Young Stakeholders has called on the national leadership of the Party to jettison its plan to micro-zone various offices ahead of the forthcoming national convention.
The young politicians also accused the Abubakar Baraje-led new People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) in APC of plot to distabilise the party ahead of 2019 elections.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, National Field Director of the forum, Alwa Hassan, corroborated positions of the forum, saying its group has also rejected the plan by some party leaders and governors to hand pick individuals who will occupy various offices zoned to each geo-political zone.
He said, “APC as a progressive party which represents the collective will of all her members must not only conduct her affairs differently, it must be seen as doing so.”
He insisted that delegates coming to National convention ground must be allowed to freely elect aspirants of their choice.
“Every members of the party irrespective of their state of origin or residence must be allowed to contest for any position of their choice provided that such position is one of those allocated to his or her zone.”
In its reaction to the ultimatum given by the members of nPDP, the young politicians said, “The action of the Kawu Baraje-led group that issued a seven day ultimatum to the party in a letter alleging marginalisation, maltreated and witch-hunt is not only embarrassing, but a deliberate ploy to destabilise our great party.
“It is either you are a member of the APC or you are not. From the day of the merger all bodies cease to exist.
“Suffice to say that the claim of marginalisation by the nPDP cannot be true when their members occupy various positions in the State as governors, at National Assembly senate president and speaker of the House of Representatives, Cabinet Members and Board members of parastatals constituted by the President.”
They, however, called on the nPDP to channel their grievances appropriately and join hands with other stakeholders to move the party forward.