A popular member of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Alabi Opeyemi Oladimeji, has expressed his dissatisfaction with the appointment of a known critic of the party and opposition loyalist as a ministerial nominee.
Recall that President Bola Tinubu, who is an APC member, included the name of an #ENDSARS apologist and a ferocious anti-APC politician, Bosun Tijani, in the list submitted to the National Assembly for confirmation as a minister.
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Although there was a lot of fireworks during Tijani’s screening process, the founder of Co-Creation Hub, the leading Pan-African innovation and technology center, was eventually confirmed.
This did not seem to sit well with many APC youths, especially Oladimeji, who felt that long-time loyalists of the party, who had worked hard and defended the party through thick and thin, were being shortchanged and taken for granted.
In an open letter addressed to the member representing Ogun West at the National Assembly, Sen. Solomon Adeola, popularly known as Yayi, Oladimeji expressed his displeasure at his support for Tijani, among other things.
“Dear Senator @AdeolaYAYI, I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to you today to express my concerns. Specifically, I am troubled by your support for Bosun Tijani and the message that this sends to young people like myself.
“While I acknowledge that Bosun may be qualified and brilliant in his own right, it is important to remember that his actions and words have real consequences. It is hypocritical for him to criticize the federal republic of Nigeria while simultaneously acting frustrated and as if he is the only one going through struggles. However, as a youth stakeholder and a former National Youth leader contestant who was told to step down by the governor of Lagos state, I believe I am talking on behalf of the youths.
“Some youths have taken advantage of social media to protect, defend, and honour the Senate Chambers, the Legislative arm of government, while Bosun called them morons.
“He also referred to the Executive arm of the government house as “AssHoleRock” instead of AsoRock. As the senator of Lagos West under you, I organized one of the biggest youth summits in 2021 that connected most youths in Lagos.
“During the EndSars protest, I organized DefendLagos to protect the lives and properties of Lagosians prove are on TV, Radio and print media. I also organized the first student political symposium in LASPOTECH to bring together students to vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“Additionally, I led a team across 27 states up to the local government diplomatically. Despite all these efforts, you never reached out to me or responded to my messages as the senator representing Lagos West.
“I wonder why you never saw us as worthy to be defended into government, especially seeing you defend Bosun Tijanni today.
“As a young person, I am looking for leaders who prioritize honesty and integrity above all else. I believe that our community deserves better than the mixed messages that are being sent by those in power.
“I urge you to reconsider your support for The Progressive Youths at your disposal like you did to Bosun Tijaani and to focus on building a truly strong and organized youth wing that can help guide us towards a brighter future,” he submitted.
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