NIGERIAN YOUTH POLITICAL AGENDA- INUGUARATION OF EXECUTIVES.
By: Comr. Millicent Umoru-Osakwua (Deputy Executive Director NYPA)
The Nigerian Youth Political Agenda have inaugurated their Executives Committee in Abuja yesterday.
The Executive Director Comrade Moses Kasar said the committee is saddled with the responsibility of re-constructing the Nigeria Political Landscape to accommodate more of Younger Political Leaders below the age of 50 years, that are uncompromisingly committed to National Integration and accelerated Nation Building, far above Personal, Partisan, Ethno-Religiuos devides.
Comr. Kasar said, the mission of NYPA is to intensely advocate for Good Governance at the three tiers of Government, and identify young, patriotic and credible Leaders across all sectors of National Polity, while encouraging such individuals to vie for various political offices, with the view to progressively sanitize the Political System.
He added that NYPA’s goal is to raise about 20 Million NYPA Marshals to ensure that over 70 percent of Elective and Appointive Political Offices in Nigeria are occupied by Nationalist and Patriotic Leaders under the age of 50 years, or highly Youth Friendly Politicians above 50 years but not exceeding 60 years, in the 2023 general election.
Comrade Kasar said, ” this platform will give opportunity to the youths to be liberated from both economic and political slavery. He encouraged young people to vie for political positions come 2023.
Comrade Kasar said, “youths are now aware of the importance to make impart in the nation’s polity.
The All Progressives Congress youth leader, North Central, Comrade Terver Aginde while speaking on the topic: Youth as leaders said, urged youths aspiring for leadership positions to ensure that they are ready to take up the responsibilities to lead as leadership comes with lot of challenges. According to him,”leadership starts from ones home. To be a good leader, you must first be a follower and a leader in your home.
Comrade Ayinde said, it is an obvious fact that the elite currently holding political positions will not freely hand over power to the young people in the country, hence he urged youths to device a strategy of negotiation to dialogue and chat a way forward. He added that the youth should be ready to take a bold step and get involved.
While pledging his support and availability to work with the team, Comr. Ayinde urged the newly inaugurated Executives to work as a team as that will enhance the positive change they seek.
Barrister Muslim Maigeri on his part urged the newly inaugurated Executives to advocate for the reduction in prize of parties nomination forms so as to enable the young people afford it, he implored the youth to consider taking positions in ward, local and state levels as it’s better to start from somewhere as that will draw the aspirant closer to the people.
Comr. Solomon Adodo who was also present at the inuguaration ceremony used the opportunity to call on Nigerian Youth Political Agenda National Executives to deliver on their vision and mission by ensuring that come Nigerian Youths are fully included in both appointive and elective Positions come 2023.
Comr. Adodo, stated that youth must understand what leadership stands for and understand that one cannot give what he don’t have.
National Youth Political Agenda is a platform of young Nigerians from across the country and shall be a having a public lecture series which is slated to hold on 5th November, 2020 in Abuja.
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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released the approved schedule of activities and guidelines for the conduct of its nationwide ward congresses scheduled for July 31.
The approved schedule was contained in a statement issued by the National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, on Sunday in Abuja.
He said the party had, however, granted waivers to new members and returning executives to contest congresses.
“The National Executive Committee (NEC) has granted waivers to new members who applied for such and also to all officers at Ward, Local Government and State levels.
“In addition to waivers granted to officers seeking re-election, waiver is hereby granted to persons who joined the party recently to vote and be voted for, provided that their names are in the ward registers,” he said.
According to Akpanudoedehe, purchase of nomination forms for Ward, Local Government and Area Councils and State Congresses would take place from July 19 to August 28.
“Screening of aspirants for the ward party positions is scheduled for July 29 to July 30, ward congresses will hold July 31, appeals arising from ward congresses will hold August 2 to August 7,” he said.
He added that only wards and Local Government Areas stipulated in sections 156 of the Electoral Act and in part I&II of the first schedule to the 1999 Constitution as amended are recongised.
He further added that guiding regulation for the nationwide congresses was binding on all persons coordinating and participating in the exercise.
Akpanudoedehe said each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) shall for the purpose of the party’s 2021 congresses, have a committee of seven persons to be selected based on their proven integrity.
“They shall be appointed and supervised by the CECPC and shall be referred to as the Ward Congress Committee (WCC).The members of the committees will be posted to places outside their states of recruitment.
“It shall be composed of a Chairman, Secretary and five other members, one of whom shall be a woman where possible.
“The committee shall be responsible for the conduct of the ward congress exercise in their place of posting,” the APC scribe said.
He added that the WCC shall appoint three persons from any other part of the state other than the ward in which they would serve to be referred as Local Ward Congress Committee (LWCC).
He said the LWCC shall be responsible for the conduct of the screening and congress in their assigned ward under the directives and supervision of the WCC which shall ensure that the exercise was all inclusive.
He said the ward congress would consist of all registered party members in the ward, adding that newly registered members from the updated 2021 party membership register were eligible to participate in the ward congress.
According to him,the ward congress would carry out the election of Ward Chairman,Ward Vice Chairman,Ward Secretary,Ward Assistant Secretary, Ward Legal Adviser and Ward Assistant Legal Adviser, among others.
“Aspirants to party positions in the wards will be elected at the various congresses and must be persons with the highest degree of good character, competence and capacity and shall pay the specified fees for the party nomination form.
“Aspirants for the position of Ward Chairman will purchase forms at the cost of N10, 000; forms for Ward Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer positions cost N5,000.
“Other offices cost N2,000. All delegates will pay N1,000 for the form,” Akpanudoedehe said.
He added that chairmanship aspirants shall require one sponsor per polling unit within the ward, while other positions shall require one sponsor from at least half of the polling units within the ward.
He further added that all female aspirants and persons with disability shall pay 50 per cent of the prescribed fees for each position.
He said all payments for purchase of nomination forms shall be made directly into APC accredited banks.
He added that all party positions prescribed or implied by its Constitution for the congresses, shall be filled by democratically conducted elections at the respective congresses.
“However, for peace and harmony, the party encourages emergence of candidates through consensus in the first instance, provided that where a candidate has emerged by consensus for an elective position.
“A vote of yes or no by ballot or voice shall be called.
“Utmost transparency is required in all elections, therefore, in all respects, votes must be counted and results announced and recorded on the spot.
“In the event of a tie in any ballot, the election for that particular office shall be repeated for the tying candidates until a winner emerges,” he said.
He added that the winner of an election shall be determined by a simple majority of total votes cast and declared winner in an open view.
Akpanudoedehe further added that all persons vying for the position of youth leader must be between 18-35 years, saying that all aspirants must show evidence of financial membership of the party.
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