- The AYCF has revealed its plans for the 2023 general elections
- Yerima Shettima, the national president of AYCF, said the group would be actively involved in who takes any position from the north in 2023
- Shettima noted that there would be a paradigm shift in the election of the representatives from the north
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has revealed the qualities anybody who wants to contest for elective posts from the northern part of the country during the 2023 general elections must possess.
Legit.ng reports that the group at end of its one-day summit on the north's democratic future in the year 2023, held on Tuesday, November 17, in Kaduna, said it came to the conclusion that the north must focus primarily on the quality, capability, and age of the elected representatives for 2023.
In a statement issued by the national president of AYCF, Yerima Shettima, the group said it was convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the quality of leadership it got from the north has been disappointing and embarrassing to the political expertise and integrity the region has been known for.
"We find the rising tide of kidnapping and banditry in the northern states unacceptable and a smear on all efforts to build a greater north of the future. It will be extremely hard to convince anybody that the majority of our governors are really in charge or have anything tangible to offer, five years down the road.
"We have for too long allowed old political cargoes to decide or determine who should go for which elective office in the north. The few among them who know what is right get blocked by other governors from guiding the region right. The result of this going-with-the-flow kind of disposition of the youth is the emergence of many incompetent old cargoes as governors and few good ones, leading to general backwardness of our region."
The AYCF said it agreed that the present level of insecurity in the north is proof that too many wrong leaders, whose priority is a far cry from the needs and aspirations of our people, were voted in 2019.
"Our plans are therefore in top gear for mobilising the youths of our region to immediately take over the democratic space from the majority of the old brigade and their cronies who have blocked their colleagues who meant well for the region and brought us into the mess we're in today. The spate of killings and kidnappings can be tackled by voting out the current crop of old, weak, pacified and out-of-touch-with-reality political spent forces as governors.
"We are conscious of our responsibility as youths from the north, to redefine our political and economic focus, to end this bloodshed in the north by bandits and kidnappings in broad daylight. This is not the kind of North we deserve and we are very sure it all boils down to the majority of incompetent leadership of old and weak politicians - driven by the hunger for absolute power, in the name of democracy."
The AYCF, however, called on lovers of a greater future for the north to join hands with it in its renewed effort to give the north a more deserved sense of direction, adding that the year 2023 would mark the take-off point of this renewed struggle to dominate the democratic space.
The statement further said:
"To rescue the north is a priority and the time is now! We can't wait till 2023 to start thinking about how our votes could help the youth to replace the old cargoes and their abysmal performance as governors. It's time to say a final NO to those old, weak, reactionaries and apologetics masquerading as our elected governors when veey6 few of them are equal to the task of democratic leadership. They are a sharp misrepresentation of the quality of governance that the north is respected for."
Shettima said his group would also consult widely with their counterparts from the southern parts of the country to seek their blessing for this struggle of emancipation towards a better north with youth at the helm of political affairs ahead of 2023 general elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a pressure group, Tinubu Support Group (TSM), said it uncovered plans by some politicians to smear the name of the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
It was reported that the national coordinator of the group, Sani Adamu, who made this known in Abuja on Monday, November 16, said that the public space was bombarded with coordinated attacks by some undisclosed persons to smear Tinubu's credentials and personality.
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