Rethink Nigeria, a political advocacy group of young professionals affiliated to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended youths in the All Progressives Congress (APC) for standing up to condemn and reject the imposition of a 52 year old National Youth Leader on the youths of the party.
Rethink Nigeria Volunteer Publicity Secretary, Paschal Metuh in a statement on Wednesday noted that the widespread disapproval by APC youths and Nigerian youths in general over the emergence of 52 year old Ibrahim Dasuki Jallo as National Youth Leader of the APC was a victory for democracy and all Nigerian youths.
“We have noted with concern the increasing affinity of the APC with political backwardness and Stone Age politics. It is either they are fronting a tired and retired 70 year old general as Presidential Candidate of their party today or selecting a septuagenarian as their National Chairman tomorrow and now, more ridiculously, foisting on their youths, a 52 year old as National Youth Leader.
“The APC cannot continue with its hypocritical posturing as a group of progressives while every step it takes in its internal party affairs stands in abeyance to the principles of progressive and new age politics.
“We wish, like one of the APC Chieftains, Mallam Nasir El Rufai recently lamented, that their new Youth Leader was much more younger and also, in the mold of young APC social media advocates like Japheth Omojuwa, Rosanwo Babatunde or even Rinsola Abiola.”
The group finally admonished APC youths to keep up the spirit of advocacy and continue to mount pressure on their party elders to learn from the wisdom of the PDP who have a 31 year old Maibasira Abdullahi as National Youth Leader.
Volunteer Publicity Secretary
June 18, 2014
Tweets from Young Nigerians and APC Youths that condemned the imposition of a 52 year old National Youth Leader on the youths of the party.
PR can only go so far. This Youth Leader thing is simply a shame. The APC got it wrong.
— Bello El-Rufai (@B_ELRUFAI) June 16, 2014
Are we saying that the APC for all its noise about change has no one below 40 who can be the “Youth leader”? — J|#BringBackOurGirls (@omojuwa) June 15, 2014
God willing, I will submit my petition against this 49yr old Youth leader to our party. Its not just a matter of talk and no action — #BringBackOurGirls (@dawisu) June 15, 2014
8. Its not going to come easy, but we shall fight. It is either the old man is removed or we bring the whole convention to disrepute. — Abubakar Sidiq Usman (@abusidiqu) June 15, 2014
Young people formed the largest bloc that registered as APC members. Making a 52yr old youth leader is trivializing that. — Olusegun Dada (@DOlusegun) June 15, 2014
The tweet below summarizes the entire conversation:
What we have successfully done by making a big deal out of the age of the APC Youth Leader is a victory for ALL Nigerian youths.
— Ohimai Godwin Amaize (@MrFixNigeria) June 17, 2014
About Rethink Nigeria: Rethink Nigeria is an ideas-driven movement of young professionals and intellectuals who are card-carrying members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Comprising young party members between the age of 18 and 40, the group is aimed at spearheading advocacy towards realizing the following objectives:
- Promote the politics of ideas and intellectual participation in politics.
- Advocate for 30 percent youth representation in political appointments into public office at Federal, State and Local Government levels.
Membership is open to all card-carrying youth members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who share our vision. Rethink Nigeria is officially affiliated to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through the office of the National Youth Leader.