Rinsola Abiola, daughter of the late MKO Abiola, on Friday August 31st dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying the ruling party is “dictatorial and not youth-friendly.”
Rinsola additionally resigned her membership of the APC Board of Trustees (BOT). She confirmed her resignation in a letter despatched to the management of the APC on Friday and obtained by Every day Belief. The letter reads:
“My leaders, mentors, colleagues and buddies,
“I write to formally talk my determination to relinquish membership of the All Progressives Congress. This has been a five-year journey throughout which I’ve met some very distinctive individuals and realized from you all.
“Final yr, whereas we – youth advocates and these of us in political events who fall inside the youth demography – have been advocating for passage of the Not Too Younger To Run Invoice, I approached a handful of our leaders and expressed my intention to run for workplace if the Invoice scales by way of.
“Fortunately, this yr, Not Too Younger To Run grew to become legislation and younger individuals (from 25) can now search to occupy elective positions.
“I started consultations in October 2017 however have now concluded that whereas authorized constraints could have been achieved away with, there are better challenges that all of us should take care of. Aside from the typical points like funding and violence, undemocratic dictates which are actually (erroneously) considered as the norm additionally pose a severe problem. I’ve been instructed in no unclear phrases that I “should not run”, that I “ought to not even contemplate it”, and that there are “penalties for disobedience”.
“I consider strongly that such issues ought to not be tolerated in a democracy which many individuals fought for, with a few of our heroes – my father inclusive – shedding their lives in the course of. I additionally consider that if those that fought for this democracy had listened to such veiled threats and even considered the penalties that they could face, civil rule would not have been restored when it was.
“In 2013, I left youth activism for mainstream politics as a result of I believed governance was a extra environment friendly car for bringing about change; there was nothing that I needed greater than to be a part of the course of of constructing this nation work once more and contributing my quota to nationwide growth. I believed – and nonetheless do – that there’s solely a lot that one can do to raise the residing situations of 1’s individuals as a person, and that occupying a place with the backing of the Structure offers much more energy to vary lives and in a lot better numbers.
“I’ve all the time advocated for enhanced youth and girls participation in politics; this is why I consider that merely accepting this example or making peace with what can solely be described as tyranny and injustice as some have suggested me to, would make me each dishonest to myself and unfaithful to every thing I’ve ever advocated for.
“I wish to thanks all sincerely for every thing you might have achieved to assist me develop and I hope that our relationship stays cordial regardless of political leanings. I stay dedicated to the beliefs which led me to affix politics, and will be a part of one other party as soon as I’m satisfied that inclusion for teenagers and girls is a problem they prioritise and that inside democracy actually issues.
“I definitely do not have all of it found out but, however the conviction that led me to affix APC now calls for that I stand and combat not only for myself, but additionally for different girls and younger individuals in comparable circumstances. Mine is a grossly underrepresented demography and injustice, in all its kinds and regardless of who perpetrates it, should be resisted. The choice of who will get to symbolize us is one which must be made by the individuals and it is not as much as any particular person, regardless of how extremely positioned, to inform me that I need to not even attempt.
“I thanks in your help up to now and would completely perceive if issues must be completely different going ahead as a consequence of political variations.
“With gratitude and utmost respect,” the letter concludes.