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Gov Fintiri election reward System: Adamawa Women, youths, protests against nominating octogenarians

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Gov Fintiri election reward System: Adamawa Women, youths, protests against nominating octogenarians

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Women and youths have protested against the nomination of retired Permanent Secretaries, among other octogenarians submitted for placement into the cabinet of the Adamawa State governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

The youths also decried the none inclusion of young people into the list of nominees forwarded to the governor for consideration.

At a press conference in Yola, the state capital on Thursday, the youths under the aegis of ‘Lamurde PDP Youth Wing’, described the “selection of older people for political appointment as, not only undermining youth development, but dangerous and destructive.”

They, accordingly urged Governor Fintiri to remember his promise of forming “a cabinet consisting of 80 per cent young people in my second term.”

The spokesperson for the youths, Ben Hoki, called on the governor to disregard any such purported list as presented to him for appointment.

“They have greedily so, nominated either their own cronies or associates. In some cases, two brothers were nominated as well as overaged persons who have retired from the civil service. They did so by closing their eyes to the youths who crisscrossed the entire local government to canvass votes that gave Governor Fintiri his well-deserved victory.

“This also amounts to contempt to the governor’s youth empowerment drive. We are therefore severely pained by this action because neglecting youths and women who formed the bulk of our electorate-vault in this manner, runs counter to Governor Fintiri’s reward policy,” Hoki said.

Governor Fintiri, had a fortnight ago while addressing PDP members, directed that stakeholders from each local government should constitute a 15-man list for political appointment.

But expressing dismay over the blatant refusal of the stakeholders to comply with the directives, Hoki said “unfortunately, in Lamurde Local Government, the directive was set aside with impunity.

“This is because they colluded in a brazen display of high-handedness and produced the Lamurde list without according other senior stakeholders even a mere benefit of consultation.

“To us and all persons of goodwill this is absolutely unacceptable because it promotes the ugly practice of “used and dump”, which our amiable governor abhors bitterly!

“Already, reacting to their action, stakeholders from some political wards in Lamurde Local Government have petitioned the State Secretariat of our party seeking its intervention.

“We, therefore, see their action as divisive, dangerous and c, and capable of truncating our party’s chances in future elections. That’s why we would like to use this opportunity to appeal to the governor and other party leaders at the State level to wade into the matter.

“In conclusion, we insist that the list is untenable because it did not reflect our collective interest. Therefore, by this press conference, we declare the list null and void. OurWe demand at the usurpers should withdraw the purported list immediately and desist from causing further disunity amongst our people,” Hoki said.