The Taraba Youth Stakeholders Forum, TYSF, has stated that no indigene of the state was appointed to head any federal Parastatal in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s first tenure, as well as in the National Working Committee, NWC of the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Addressing a press conference during the weekend in Abuja, the National Chairman of TYSF, Sulaiman Bakari, however said the state only enjoined the appointment of a minister, which is the statutory right of every Nigerian state.
“President Buhari enjoys an overwhelming followership in the state since he joined partisan politics and contested the 2003 presidential election.
“The state’s electorate has massively voted for Buhari in a consistent pattern, up to the 2019 general elections. This trend confirms the firm belief of the majority of ‘Tarabans’ in Buhari.
“We therefore strongly believe in the capacity and disposition of Mr President and the APC hierarchy to uphold the tenets of fairness and equity,’’ he said.
Mr Bakari explained that the exclusion of the state from the constitution of the previous federal administration was the consequence of APC stakeholders not drawing the attention of the appropriate quarters at the right time.
He said it was now timely to draw the attention of the President and the national hierarchy of the party to accord fair compensation to the state.
Mr Bakari also appealed to the leadership of the APC for a fair inclusion of Taraba in the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party since their representative has been elected as governor.
He said that Mai Mala-Buni, the erstwhile National Secretary of the party, was newly sworn-in as governor of Yobe State in the 2019 general election.
“We are of the informed view that in the careful consideration of candidates to fill the vacant position of National Secretary of the APC which is still zoned to the North East geopolitical region due cognisance should be accorded to Taraba State, which currently does not hold any position in the NWC of the party.
“In particular, we passionately appeal to President Buhari, the National leader of our great party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to kindly consider our candidature,’’ he said.
According to Mr Bakari, Mohammed Mustapha the choice candidate of the party’s states youth was dependable, loyal and trusted.
“In the spirit of fairness, we humbly appeal that the party hierarchy, members and teeming supporters rally their support for Mustapha to become the next National Secretary of the party,’’ he said.