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Reconciliation: Include us in your committee, APC youths urge Tinubu

The youths, under the aegis of Younger Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (YSAPC), have called on Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to constitute a formidable team that will include them to help his reconciliation assignment.

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Dominic Alancha, who briefed journalists on Tuesday in Abuja on the outcome of their meeting, said the younger stakeholders should be accommodated in the team because they were also aggrieved.

Alancha, who said the youths welcomed the Tinubu reconciliation team, urged party members not to undermine the effort of the committee.

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On the 2017 APC draft constitution to be ratified in the next convention, the youths said the motive behind the “laudable development” appeared suspicious because the exercise had been shrouded in secrecy.

He said that the draft constitution can best be described as a “mess” as it had “flagrantly and insolently” removed the zonal youth leaders and zonal women leaders of the party from the National Executive Committee (NEC) which the present constitution allows.

He said that the party leaders, in the draft constitution, “made themselves members of the National Working Committee (NWC), NEC and the Advisory Council which is replacing the Board of Trustees (BoT).

“The implication of this is that the same sets of people are the ones to take decisions at all the organs of the party without room for check and balance.

“To many of them, the party is a vehicle for winning elections, to us it is an institution of democracy and we must do everything to preserve it,” Dominic added.

While calling for a total reform of the party, the APC youths said a committee to review the draft constitution had been constituted to ensure that the final copy would benefit all members irrespective of age, gender and other demographics.

They restated their commitment to support President Muhammadu Buhari if he decided to run again in 2019 but stressed the need for party leaders to hasten the reform they envisaged through constitutional amendment.

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