NANS, aspirant allege plan to hijack Ogun State youth council leadership
A chairmanship aspirant of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Ogun State Chapter, Lanre Mosaku, has alleged plan by people he described as “moneybags and desperate politicians” to hijack the leadership of the council in the state “for their own selfish interest.”
Mosaku, a chairmanship aspirant, who spoke with journalists at a press conference yesterday, alleged that the election was marred by fraudulent practices, insisting that his opponent, Abduljabar Ayelaagbe, was not qualified to contest the election.
According to him, Ayelaagbe violated the constitution of the council, which states that “only a youth between the age of 18 and 35 is allowed to partake in the election of the council but my opponent is more than 36 years old.”
Besides, Mosaku said Ayelaagbe is an officer of the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), which makes him unqualified for the position.
He, therefore, vowed to reclaim his mandate with all the means necessary within the law.Also speaking in the same vein, the state Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Tomiwa Bamgbose, condemned the election and urged the state Commandant of the NSCDC, Hamid Abodunrin, to “as a matter of urgency, probe Ayelaagbe for his involvement in the council’s election.”
According to him, the act establishing NSCDC does not allow its officers, including Ayelaagbe, to participate in an organisation like NYCN, which activities is partisan in nature.Bamgbose said: “As the intellectual component of the youth demography, we will not allow anybody or organisation to undermine the constitution of the NYCN and deprive the real youth actors in the state from co-ordinating the activities of the National Youth Council of Nigeria in Ogun State.”
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