Brewing Storm: Arewa Youths Back Ndume As Igbo Youth Assembly Endorses Lawan For Senate Leadership
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, April 18, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has rejected the choice of Senator Ahmed Lawan as Senate President, saying it would turn the Senate into a mere rubber-stamp of a certain Southwest politician.
The group in a statement by its National President, Yerima Shettima on Thursday said it would be shameful for the North to “sit back and watch a single Southwest politician deciding for the Northeast in particular and the North in general.”
The statement described Lawan’s backing by his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) as “totally undemocratic and therefore unacceptable to true Northerners”.
The AYCF said allowing the imposition of Lawan to stand will portray the North as a mere manipulable pawn in the hands of one man, who has no business deciding for the North what it deserves.
It explained that much as it was decided that the Senate President should come from the Northeast, the Zone must be allowed to decide on the most acceptable choice, “which is now obviously Senator Ali Ndume”.
The statement challenged “anyone with convincing reason as to why Senator Lawan would not be acting the script of a Southwest politician who single-handedly imposed him on Nigeria, to come forward with such facts”.
The group also stated that the growing concern over Senator Lawan’s imposition “is all about the political future of the North and especially the journey towards 2023 and therefore we won’t tolerate any one-man agenda”.
Meanwhile, the Igbo Youth Assembly, Worldwide (IYA), a socio-cultural organisation has endorsed Sen. Ahmed Lawan and Hon. Chike Okafor for the positions of Senate President and Speaker of the 9th National Assembly.
The group said it took the new position against the earlier position where it backed the zoning of the leadership positions to the South East.
In a communiqué released at the end of a meeting in Umuahia signed by the President Ifeanyi Nwaudunna and the Publicity Secretary, Magnus Abara and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the group said it was out to support the position of the party.
The group explained that the choice of Lawan and Okafor as leaders at the National Assembly would stabilise the polity and unite the country for development.
According to the group, the country will make progress if the presidency and the national assembly forged closer relations in developing policies for the development of the country.
According to the communiqué, the apex body of Igbo youth group therefore retracted its earlier demand that the positions of both the Senate president and Deputy be zoned to the South East and called for party leaders to close ranks on the issue.
It called on senators and members of the House of Representatives especially of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to validate the party’s endorsement of Lawan and Okafor for credible representative, equity and fairness.
It described the pair of Lawan and Okafor as true party men who would leave no stone unturned in promoting the ideology of the ruling party.
NAN reports that APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole and party leaders have endorsed Lawan as the senate president for the 9th assembly.