OGUN, Nigeria – The crisis bedevilling the Ogun State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) took a new dimension on Monday when some aggrieved contestants alleged that a sum of N5m was spent on the election.
According to the youths, a politician from the All Progressives Congress (APC), who they said was interested in Gov Dapo Abiodun’s seat, allegedly bankrolled the election with the huge sum of money.
The said politician, whose identity they threatened to disclose soon, was accused of “building a political structure for himself among the youths in preparation for the 2023 governorship election in Ogun State.”
OgeneAfrican had on Saturday reported that students leaders and a contestant in the state National Youth Council of Nigeria election in Ogun State, Lanre Mosaku, kicked against the ambition of an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Comrade Abduljabar Ayelaagbe, to become the Ogun State Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN). Read it here.
The atmosphere, it was reported, became more tensed when the Ogun State Commandant for the NSCDC, Hammed Abodunrin, said even if an officer of the corps would participate in any community development activity, it must not get to the extent of contesting in an election that generates issues; promising to investigate Ayelaagbe.
However, the students leaders and other Ogun NYCN contestants said the Ogun NSCDC did not call Ayelaagbe to order as he reportedly participated in the election and was declared winner, even with the allegation of age falsification they levelled against him.
Addressing a press conference on Monday in Abeokuta, Mosaku said the “Saturday election for me can best be described as an abysmal as this is the first time some political ‘jokers’ are descending fully into our affairs in the Ogun State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.”
While calling on the electoral committee to declare him winner of the election, Mosaku said, “The government of Ogun State gave a level playing field for all to participate in the election, only for us to see an acclaimed Ogun indigene, trying to infiltrate the NYCN, all in the name of trying to build his structure in the youth constituency, even when he is in the same political party with the sitting Governor.”
He spoke further that, “what bothers me most is that, this money bags will not give money for the development of the youth, but he will be quick to give a whooping sum of N5,000,000 to secure the youth to themselves all for their selfish interest as it concerns the 2023 elections.”
“I must note that, the fight to secure my mandate is a fight to finish even when I will not break down law and order as a well cultured youth, but I will fight alongside my supporters as an intelligentsia.
“I hereby call on the electoral committee to declare me as the Chairman of the last Saturday elections as I can only be the legitimate winner of that election.
“We have the clear rules that should guide the two of us (My opponent and I) even to the polls. The constitution was clear enough on the matter. Article 12.1 of the NYCN constitution states that “Only a youth who is between the age of 18 to 35 will be allowed to partake in such an election.” But my opponent is more than 36 years.
“He is also a member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp; a paramilitary security organisation. How can such a person lead or fight for the interest of the youths?
On their parts, the leaderships of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Ogun State and the National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) called on the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Gana, to call for the investigation of Ayelaagbe for his involvement in the just concluded Ogun NYCN election.
In a statement jointly signed by Ogun NANS Chairman, Tomiwa Bamgbose and Ogunrombi Gbemileke, who is NAOSS National President, the students leaders maintained that they were aware that the act establishing the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) allowed its officers to participate in community development activities.
They, however, said “the same law does not allow any NSCDC officer, including Ayelaagbe, to participate in an organisation like National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) which activities are in partisan in nature.”
“The constitution of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) equally disqualifes Mr Abduljabar Ayelagbe from contesting for any elective position in the Council because he is above 35 years. which is the maximum age for aspirant aspiring to contest for any elective office in the Council.
They alleged that Ayelaagbe, “falsifies his age and we hereby urge the National leadership of the NSCDC to investigate him and equally sanction him in accordance to the law.”
Meanwhile, Ayelaagbe refused to talk to our correspondent when he was contacted for reactions.
He ignored calls to his phone number as a text message sent to him was also not replied.