Elected and appointed leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been charged to go back to their wards for consultations with party members in order to strengthen the party, at least twice in a year
Youths in the party on Tuesday also called for a clause in the party’s constitution that will compel these leaders to adhere to the provision as it will have positive impact on party unity.
They also pushed for the establishment of a youth directorate in the party organogram, in order to fully engage youth for better participation of young people in party activities.
These positions were pushed in Abuja by the member/youth representative at the National Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CENCPC), Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed at the meeting of Youth Leaders of the party from the 36 States of the country at the National Secretariat of the party.
Ahmed said the regular visit to the party members at the grassroot level by leaders in elected or appointed offices will go a long way at building stronger bond between the leaders and the led; build a bottom-up party structure and enhance better inclusion of members in party process.
The youth leader said he has proposed the idea to President Muhammadu Buhari and some other leaders of the party.
“It is high time for our leaders to go back to their wards and meet our party members at least every six months. You can imagine how a party member will be anxiously wait for Mr. President or Senate President or Governor or Minister attending ward meetings.
“This will help to energise our people and build the faith of party members at the ward level on the party and our leaders. It will also help educate and inform party members at the grassroot of policies and programmes of the government. I have discussed it with Mr. President and he is freely disposed to the idea. He welcome it and I think we have to ensure this through constitutional backing.”
In order to get the young members fully entrenched in the party activities, the youth leader said recommendations are been made for changes in the party Constitution and guidelines for congresses and primaries.
“We proposed some vital recommendations for changes in the APC Constitution and guidelines for congresses and primaries which we believe would see to better participation of young people in the party activities and process. We also lookef are presenting a draft for the APC Youth Policy Agenda and including certain items into the APC manifesto that cater to the welfare of the Nigerian youth.”
On the call for the establishment of Youth directorate, the youth leader said, “we have various directorates in the party. Our party has about 15 million members out which about 11million are youths. This is a critical group and it requires attention. The youth own the party, but unfortunately while in our constitution we have other directorates, we are calling for constitutional amendment for a robust and functional directorate for youth.”