By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
The Ogun State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYNC) has cleared the air on the eligibility of its newly elected Chairman, Comrade Abdul-Jabar Ayelagbe, saying he was qualified to contest for the position.
Addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, the State Public Relations Officer of the Council, Comrade Adebare Ariyibi, said Ayelagbe, like any other members of the council was eligible for vie for any position he liked.
Speaking on the alleged age falsification charge leveled against Ayelagbe by his rival, Olanrewaju Mosaku, Ariyibi said the newly elected Chairman was born on May 26, 1985, stressing that with this age, he is just 34 years old.
His words: “With regards to election into offices of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Article 11 of the 2012 constitution of the Youth Council makes a clearer and unambiguous provisions to how its leadership emerges and provides extensively for modalities for settling whatever grievances, if arise, either in pre-election matters or in election proper”.
“Unfortunately, neither our brother Comrade Olanrewaju Mosaku nor the Organization that sponsored him, the Royal Ambassadors, made use of all the democratic processes provided. Instead, he went public disparaging the good name of the Council.
“It is worrisome that such a person with little or no knowledge (or belief) in the enabling laws of the Council can be put forward for an office as high as the Chairman. No wonder the highly sophisticated youth of Ogun State rejected him in such a historical defeat.
“It is pertinent to note that Comrade Abdul-Jabar Ayelaagbe, by virtue of previous representations at the Council, has meritoriously served the Ogun State Youth Council in many capacities as the State PRO and State Secretary to warrant such defamation of character by this unscrupulous assembly of losers. One wonders the basis of all the cries today. Hence, the leadership of the Council will not take this character assassination with levity as the law will be employed to take its due course”.
He added that, “the Council decided to clear the air on spurious, false, fake, hypocritical and deceitful allegations raised by a member of the Royal Ambassadors of Nigeria, Olanrewaju Mosaku, who woefully lost his electoral bid for the Office of the Chairman of Ogun State chapter of our revered Council having scored 14 votes against 145 of the elected Chairman, Com. Abdul-Jabar Ayelagbe”
He added that “we are informed that this allegation is being sponsored in collaboration with some factional leadership of some student’s bodies like National Association of Ogun State Students and National Association of Nigerian Students, Ogun State, with no membership affiliation with the Youth Council”.
“We wish to set the record straight that these groups of factional student leaders are politically sponsored by enemies of the government and the youth for personal interests.
“It should be noted that at nowhere in the constitution of the Youth Council or its operational guidelines is the Council referred to as a “UNION” or has ever engaged in such “unionism” as portrayed by Mosaku in his several press releases. This is an attestation that Mosaku knows little about the Council he claims to represent.
“Moreover, the Youth Council is a body of voluntary, religious, and community based youth Organisations offering communal services where all members, irrespective of their professions or place of work, are entitled to aspire for any position having met the provisions of the Constitution”.
Ariyibi called on the leadership of the Royal Ambassador, within 48 hours, to clearly state its position on the allegations or face the law.
He added that the leadership of the Council in the state would not tolerate any act of indiscipline from any member organization, local branches or its member from any quarters.