APC Congress: National chairmanship aspirant tasks youth on party positions



An aspiring national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Malam Saliu Mustapha, has urged young party members to harness their potentials and vie for positions in the upcoming party congress.

Although the date of the national congress is yet to be fixed, the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of APC has approved the guidelines and the conduct of congresses across wards, local government areas (LGAs) and states of the federation to elect party officials.

Mustapha was a former deputy national chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) which was of the parties that merged to form the APC in 2013.

Mustapha will be contesting the party’s plum seat with some top party chieftains, including former governors, at the yet-to-be-fixed national congress.

In an open letter to the youth Sunday, Mustapha said the Mai Mala Buni-led committee had the young people in mind when reeling off the modalities for the conduct of the congresses.

He said: “I am sure they had the youths in mind when it fixed the prices of the nomination forms for the coming Congresses across board.

“It is no doubt a groundbreaking step toward instituting internal democracy and inclusive governance for the benefit of a people who form the core of our party, the youths. This bold step also speaks well of how important the party considers the youths in its decision making organ.”

The chairmanship hopeful also said the decision demonstrates APC’s resolve to “advance progressive governance anchored on a pro-people party structure where every rank-and-file member is held in high esteem.”

He, however, advised the young party members to make the efforts count by identifying the positions they have expertise in and put themselves through the process.

“As Nigeria’s foremost progressive party, the APC is built on a culture of competence, character and sound principles. Over the years, the party has equally shown beyond doubt that it offers young people the most supportive structures to rise through the ladder of leadership.”

” I therefore like to charge you and other young party members with competence, capacity and character in our great party to obtain nomination forms and campaign for the congresses at all ward, Local Government, state and even national levels.”

Mustapha was a former deputy national chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) which was of the parties that merged to form the APC in 2013.

Mustapha will be contesting the party’s plum seat with some top party chieftains, including former governors, at the yet-to-be-fixed national congress.