APC: Youth Must Act Now Or Miss Out.
We have been part of the movement and party that now bears the name of “ APC “ for 18 years today, as fundraisers. mobilizers, door to door campaigners, party officials, party agents and sometimes election observers.
We did all that first as a duty to the country and its people, anchored in our belief that the only way towards a better quality of life for us and our people is through civic and political participation, we canvassed for the opposition side for 12 years, before winning elections in 2015, when for the first time an opposition party defeated a sitting government since the beginning of the 4th republic.
It was a moment of great joy, not just for Nigerians, it sent shockwaves all over Africa and across the world, earning Nigeria and Nigerians it’s deserved place as the giant of Africa, the largest and most important black nation on earth.
What followed this victory was not entirely what we anticipated, understandably due to factors beyond the control of the newly elected government, but admittedly others are due to negligence and greed.
We as stakeholders felt that we have a responsibility to take a new role of civic leadership, suspending all-party sentiments, by providing the government we help elect the objective opposition it needs to keep it on the track, applauding when the government does things we feel are worthy of commendation and criticizing where we feel like the government is wrong or needs to improve, a decision many failed to understand given the history of our political leanings and support, as is alien to the existing usual party culture of “party fanaticism” that blinds followers from self-criticism.
Our decision to maintain objective outlook on the government we helped put in place cost us a lot, we were scapegoated and denied opportunities, benefits and privileges that come with playing roles we have played for 12 years and were seen as troublemakers.
I know by now whoever is reading this may wonder, why I am narrating all this? am I complaining or regretting our actions and sacrifices for our party ?! Or seeking restitution?!
The answer simply is No, I am only writing to speak to my comrades, people that have stood by us, and still do stand with us, to say I see you, and I appreciate you.
But most importantly to call on us to renew their commitments to our country and our people by taking an even bigger role in our party and democracy.
Only this time by ensuring that we participate fully in the All Progressives Congress Registration, Re-validation and Update exercise scheduled for February 2nd-18th that will culminate into the party’s National convention.
I know some of us may be asking why should we care about being registered members of the party ?!
The answer is simple, only registered party members can participate fully in party activities, that determines who emerges as leaders within the party, it determines who wins primary elections and inevitably general elections.
If we want to effect real change, this is the time to act before it’s too late and we start to blame party delegates for choosing the wrong candidate in primary elections.
We joined APC because we believe in its founding ideologies, our hard work got it to where it is, it is time to become real stakeholders in the party we helped build.
AC Now! Become a registered member and a grassroots stakeholder of this party.