The Special Assistant on New Media to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has quit the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Rinsola Abiola, the late M.K.O. Abiola’s daughter, dumped the ruling party after she was told not to consider running for any elective position in the country on the platform of the party.

Abiola, who was the President of the APC Young Women Forum (APC-YWF) and was also a youth representative on the APC Board of Trustees, revealed that she had expressed interest to vie for a political position following the passage of the “Not Too Young To Run” bill by the Senate but was told she “must not run”, and “should not even consider it”.

Apparently displeased with the response she got, Abiola decided to quit the ruling party, stressing that such responses should not be “tolerated in a democracy which many people fought for, with some of our heroes – my father-inclusive – losing their lives in the process.”

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Her words: “Last year, while we – youth advocates and those of us in political parties who fall within the youth demography – were advocating for passage of the Not Too Young To Run Bill, I approached a handful of our leaders and expressed my intention to run for office if the Bill scales through. Thankfully, this year, Not Too Young To Run became law and young people (from 25) can now seek to occupy elective positions.

“I began consultations in October 2017 but have now concluded that while legal constraints may have been done away with, there are greater challenges that we all must contend with. Apart from the usual issues like funding and violence, undemocratic dictates which are now (erroneously) viewed as the norm also pose a serious challenge. I have been told in no unclear terms that I “must not run”, that I “should not even consider it”, and that there are “consequences for disobedience.

“I believe strongly that such things should not be tolerated in a democracy which many people fought for, with some of our heroes – my father-inclusive – losing their lives in the process. I also believe that if those who fought for this democracy had listened to such veiled threats or even thought about the consequences that they might face, civil rule would not have been restored when it was.”

Abiola further said that she was still committed to the ideals that led her to politics, adding that she would join another party willing to effectively carry women and youths along in its dealings.

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