A forum of young stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Thursday, declared as illegal the tenure elongation of the party’s Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, saying that tenure elongation power does not rest with the NEC, but with the convention.
Addressing newsmen after a closed-door meeting Wednesday night in Abuja, spokesperson of the forum Martyrs Obekpa, warned against any form of illegality and breach of the party’s constitution.
However, Mr Obekpa revealed even as there were divergent views to the issue during the forum’s closed-door meeting, “The youths stand with what our constitution says.
“We do not want illegality in this party. We want to stand by all what we have worked and voted for in this constitution. Sneaking in any illegality will not be acceptable to the youths.
“By our party constitution, the power for tenure elongation does not rest with the NEC. The power rests in the convention and the party belongs to everybody.”
The forum also decried a situation where young men and women that were supposed to be in advisory committees at all levels are being removed.
According to him, the forum’s consultation across the country shows that young people in the party are not being carried along.
Mr Obekpa said: “We have met and reviewed two issues. The youths of this party have taken a deep look into our party’s constitutional amendment.
“We agreed to the decision to amend the constitution but we are not at peace with certain things.
Youths all over the world played a vital role in governance and party politics. Where some youths supposed to be in advisory committee of the party are been removed we take exception to it.”