By Mohammed kaka Misau, Bauchi
An aspirant for the position of National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Sufiyan Sahabi has urged the leadership of the party to consider competency, justice and fairness as some of the criterias towards bringing the change agenda of the party into fruition.
Sahabi made the call while speaking to newsmen on Wednesday in Bauchi over the agitation for zoning between the North and South.
According to him, “as a “firm believer in equity and fairness, even though I know rotational power arrangement is not written in the constitution, I believe if the majority agree that it should be followed, it is only fair that it is followed”.
“Ideally, as a people in a country, competence should have been our focus, but if there exists any feeling of marginalisation which surely does exist, then let’s respect the feeling of our fellow countrymen,” he said.
Sahabi who called on the party to give youth the opportunity to run in the forthcoming elections, added that one of the factors working against youths running for elective positions is finance for nomination form and campaign.
“The nature of our politicking doesn’t in any stretch favour young people. The finance required to purchase nomination forms, conduct campaigns are not easy to come by. Also, self doubt is rife and a strong limitation for ambitions”, he decried.
Sahabi also urged his party, the APC to look out for inclusive, pragmatic and a dogged patriot who won’t spare anything to get the country going in the right direction.
“He should be adept at ideation and following through implementation at the right time”, he opined.
“I think the underrepresentation of youth is gross. Nigerian youths have shown that they have the capacity to hold their own at any level in the world, hence it is necessary they are given a more prominent opportunity to contribute to policy making, project delivery and the all round growth of the nation”, Comrade Sahabi further suggested.
He said it was high time the party members come together and accept that they are all on constituency understanding and in the same boat to sink or swim together.
Sahabi noted; “it is by doing so, that we would get the impetus to band together and pull together in a unified voice ready to participate wholly in our developmental journey”.