- The Arewa Youth Forum has accused Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of himself into a dictator within the APC
- The group said the move by Tinubu to impose his lackeys on the members of the National Assembly is anti-democratic
- The northern youth group also said the position of the APC national leader is against the interest of the north
A northern youth group, Arewa Youth Forum (AYF), on Sunday, April 21, accused the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of turning himself into a dictator within the party.
In a statement sent to journalists, AYF said the move by Tinubu to impose his lackeys on the members of the National Assembly is anti-democratic and against the interest of the north as a whole.
The statement was jointly signed by the national president of the forum, Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu and its national director, public affairs, Bello Abdulhamid.
Part of the statement read: “AYF has received with surprise, the recent position of the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, dictating who will emerge as the Senate president as well as the Speaker, House of Representatives for the 9th Assembly.
“To any right thinking and close observer of the polity, this unfolding development showcases Bola Tinubu as anti-north and is selfishly paving the way to have a total control of the APC and its tidings as well as influence the decision of the party chairman, all as a build-up to the 2023 elections.
“We are also amazed by the statement credited to the party chieftain where he was quoted to posit that party officials not comfortable with the choice and dictate of the party as orchestrated by him and some party officials are free to leave the APC.
“So much so that we consider this statement as unbecoming of the national leader. Also, we believe that this dictatorial tendencies are undemocratic, unethical, not in line with international best practices, politically incorrect and in bad taste.
“An elder who is supposed to toe the path of amicable resolution and embrace the spirit of reconciliation, particularly amongst the contestants, is openly found to be overbearing and divisive by all intents.
“The Arewa Youth Forum therefore, maintains that this singular action, especially as it affects the National Assembly, smacks of the problematic issue of influence of godfathers, which overtime has been a serious draw back to the tenet of good governance.”
Meanwhile, another northern group, Northern Youth Forum (NYF), said it is mobilising support for Senator Ali Ndume to be the next Senate president.
The group said its decision was based on grounds that they believe the Borno senator will preside over the affairs of the National Assembly better and without executive or party interference.
President of the group, Turaki Yahaya Abubakar, called on the ruling APC to play its role as a fair body to all its members and not impose candidates, but leave the legislators to select their leaders.
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