The youth wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, has demanded 40 per cent political appointments in the government of Governor Dapo Abiodun.
They made this demand in a press briefing at its Annual General Meeting, held at the APC secretariat in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Thursday.
While briefing newsmen, convener of the meeting, Rasheed Aroboto, said they should be rewarded with political appointments following their support to Abiodun and the party in the last election.
Aroboto said the state had innovative and politically experienced youths to form part of the governor’s cabinet.
According to him, they remain vital components of electioneering, hence, the dividend of governance should be evenly shared with them.
He said “The governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun recently made it known that women will constitute 50 per cent of his cabinet. This laudable development has since then left the youths of the state wandering in their own thoughts. Are we youths considered as an apex body of these government? Is this government actually interested in paying us back who stood firmly during turbulent times? Are the youths now considered as an alien, a misfit or being surplus to requirement in governance?
“Is the Governor trying to say that “amidst millions of youths in the state, none is capable of holding pole position in his administration”. This calls for a serious scrutinization as it is an established fact that “no government can be put in place without the inclusiveness and support of the Youth populace.
“Ogun state is blessed with innovative and politically experienced youths who are well capable of being a commissioner, Senior Special Assistant, Special Assistants and Local Government liaison officers to the Governor on various levels.
However, the Governor is making the youths of the state assume that he is planning to walk in the shoes of his predecessor who made the youth suffered so much despite their involvement in putting him at the helm of the State affairs.”
The youths, however, passed a vote of confidence on the governor’s style of administration.