A youth group, National Committee of Yoruba Youths (NCYY) has called on the outgoing Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, to contest the position of the National Chairman in the forthcoming national convention.
The group in a statement signed Sunday in Abuja by its President Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi, said Comrade Frank’s forthrightness and insistence on standing by the truth at all times no matter whose ox is gored, “is a quality lacking in the leadership of the ruling party.”
The group said that the outgoing deputy spokesman has always seen and warned the ruling party of dangers in how the current leaders of APC under Chief John Oyegun were running the affairs of the party before the escalation of the current crisis rocking the party.
The statement read: “In the last two years, there has been intense clamour from young Nigerians to occupy very senior political positions in the country. Comrade Frank is a perfect representation of this generational shift that young Nigerians seek to take them out of the present political quagmire across the country, that not only affect them presently, but also affects their future.
“We are appealing to leaders of thought in the ruling party to allow this Bayelsa born young politician to pilot the affairs of APC. We also appeal to Comrade Timi Frank to urgently make up his mind to contest for the said position during the forthcoming APC National Convention.”
While declaring that youths at all levels should no longer take the back seat when it come to issue of leadership, especially in politics, the statement said the clamouring for generational shift and the the current technology age demands that the right young men and women, from any region should be allowed to take up leadership responsibility.
“The current National Chairman of the ruling party is just 30 years old. Timi Frank is above 30. Though, he may be young but very experienced politician who has seen it all in Nigeria’s politics having been a youth leader for the former ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for years. His experience in politicking spans almost two decades, and he has the ears of most political leaders spread across the six geo-political zones of the country.
“Comrade Frank’s disposition towards political party supremacy is also key to taking the party to the next level. Over time, political parties’ leaders in the country are not respected, and by extension the party’s rules. The ruling APC needs a leader with the political will to insist on doing things right, especially as the 2019 general elections draws near.”
The group, however, promised to intensify pressure in conjunction with its counterpart in South-south until Comrade Frank declare interest to seek the chairmanship position in APC.