The Progressive Youth Movement, an influential youth group within the All Progressives Congress, has reiterated its support for the Mai Mala Buni led caretaker committee of the party.
The Chairman of the group, Prince Mustapha Audu while speaking with newsmen declared its support and loyalty for the Caretaker committe under the leadership of the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.
He explained that though they had been opposed to the Chairman in time past, the issue of non inclusion had been addressed paving the way for cordiality and oneness.
“We are here because there has been various media report regarding the purported sack of the secretary of the party, Sen. James John Akpanudohede. We are here to say that the purported sack can not stand and we are in support of our chairman, His Excellency Mai Mala Buni, we are in support of the secretary, Senator James John Akpanudohede and we are in support of Mr President 1000%. Anyone bringing any issue at this critical point is clearly an enemy of the APC, is trying to create confusion.
“Nine days to the national convention of the party, all hands should be on deck. We saw the letter this morning by our national youth leader, Bar ishmeel Ahmed. We believe we should be working hand in hand to deliver for the party and the convention.
” Their is no need fighting each other at this stage, all we need is to support the party and chairman to carry out the convention. We are ten million members of this support group and we whole heartedly support Mr President, the caretaker committee chairman and the secretary.
“We were against the party’s chairman previously because of the lack of youth inclusion. You were all aware that the leadership of the party called us and we had a reconciliatory meeting. Since then I can report to you that we have been carried along in all decisions of the party.
“Young people have been encouraged to participate in the affairs of the party. At least 15 people have purchased forms at the zonal convention and several others to vie for NWC positions. At 30 members of our support group have been included in the convention planning sub committees.
” Everything we asked for as young people we have been given. So, we don’t want the situation where young people will be seen as causing problems for the party. We are politicians not activists. We reiterate our support for the party, and our convention is 26 March and our concern is how we are going to support the leadership of the party in the next nine days to deliver the convention.