2023: APC youths demand 70% appointment, elective offices in coming administration


By Lanre Oloyede

Youth wing of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has placed a demand of 70% of appointments and elective offices in the coming administration before the leadership of the party.

APC National Youth Leader, Mr. Dayo Israel, disclosed this Tuesday at a press conference held at the party’s national Secretariat to intimate journalists with the progress report of the High Level Working Group on Youths Inclusion in 2023 elections.

According to Mr. Israel, the High Level Working Group was set up on May 1, 2022 to advocate and mainstream increase in youth inclusion in governance by engaging key stakeholders and policy makers within and outside the government.

“Our hope is that the next administration of the APC will be totally different and our advocacy is to have 70% of the coming administration in appointments and cabinets for young people, either young men or young women.

“We know that this is an election year and we took that challenge seriously so we had a commitment to ensure that we can increase the number of young people according to our party constitution 40 and below who are running or participating in this election.

“As a result of that, we set up this high level working group that is composed of some of the best minds that this country has produced so far in the youth Sector.

“What we have done with the high level working group is to bring together young people of our party who are in very senior positions, to use their influence, their capacity, their connection and access to be able to pave the way for young people in public office.

“What we have done is to begin to engage policy maker and lobby for positions directly from power brokers in the States including governors and other power brokers to ensure that we can increase the participation of young people,” Mr. Israel stressed.

The National Youth Leader noted that there is plan in place to interrogate aspirants on the platform of APC to establish a commitment on what they have in stock for the youths, adding that the era of using the youths to perpetrate electoral crimes and violence was over.

He said: “We want to engage the presidential aspirants to know what they have for the Youths of Nigeria.”