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APC Youths Slam Presidency, Party Stalwarts Over Saraki

Posted: Sep 28, 2015 at 12:36 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gabriel John Kaduna

The Northern Wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Youths has accused the presidency and party leaders of masterminding the ongoing travails of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

The youths also challenged the 36 states governors and all political office holders to make a public declaration of their assets even as they said that the legitimacy of such declarations needed to be probed.

Speaking Friday in Kaduna, the group led by Alhaji Shehu Ibrahim Umar lamented that contrary to the party’s claim of safeguarding internal democracy and upholding the party’s unity of purpose, the leadership of the APC has vehemently opposed and was hounding the Senate President, all in the name of fighting corruption.

“This is not the first time the Senate President Bukola Saraki is holding public office, he has held several offices before now even as a Governor and seating senator, but is it only now that issues of corruption have been raised against him, or will such issues have been raised if Bukola Saraki was in the good book of the party? Or is Saraki the only northerner that may have had skeletons in his cupboard?

“It is simply witch-hunting and politics orchestrated by those who are opposed to his Senate Presidency and simply a ploy to stop him from presiding over the senate that elected him.

“We the youths of the party did not vote for wars within us, we voted for a change devoid of hatred and witch-hunting, we voted for internal democracy, the party have not even exhausted the internal mechanism for settlement, this act is capable of putting our best hands off the party leaving us at the mercy of the opposition. The party leadership should also compel all senators and governors in APC to declare asset and should also probe the legitimacy of such declarations. This is a deadly move by our party because it might deepen the gap existing in the broken walls of the party,” Umar said.

The group also rebuked the claim by some northern youths calling for the resignation of the Senate President.