MKO Abiola’s Daughter,Rinsola Abiola Leaves APC,Says Party is Not Youth-Friendly and Dictorial

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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 also resigned her membership of the APC Board of Trustees
(BOT). She confirmed her resignation in a letter sent to the
leadership of the APC on Friday and obtained by Daily Trust. The
letter reads:

“Your Excellencies,
“My leaders, mentors, colleagues and friends,
“I write to formally communicate my decision to relinquish
membership of the All Progressives Congress. This has
been a five-year journey during which I have met some
very exceptional people and learned from you all.
“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.
“In 2013, I left youth activism for mainstream politics
because I believed governance was a more efficient
vehicle for bringing about change; there was nothing that I
wanted more than to be part of the process of making this
country work again and contributing my quota to national
development. I believed – and still do – that there’s only
so much that one can do to elevate the living conditions of
one’s people as an individual, and that occupying a
position with the backing of the Constitution gives a lot
more power to change lives and in much greater numbers.
“I have always advocated for enhanced youth and women
participation in politics; this is why I believe that simply
accepting this situation or making peace with what can
only be described as tyranny and injustice as some have
advised me to, would make me both dishonest to myself
and untrue to everything I’ve ever advocated for.

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“I want to thank you all sincerely for everything you have
done to help me grow and I hope that our relationship
remains cordial irrespective of political leanings. I remain
committed to the ideals which led me to join politics, and
will join another party once I’m convinced that inclusion
for youths and women is an issue they prioritise and that
internal democracy truly matters.
“I certainly do not have it all figured out yet, but the
conviction that led me to join APC now demands that I
stand and fight not just for myself, but also for other
women and young people in similar circumstances. Mine is
a grossly underrepresented demography and injustice, in
all its forms and irrespective of who perpetrates it, must
be resisted. The decision of who gets to represent us is
one that should be made by the people and it is not up to
any individual, no matter how highly placed, to tell me
that I must not even try.
“I thank you for your support so far and would perfectly
understand if things have to be different going forward
due to political differences.
“With gratitude and utmost respect,” the letter concludes.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 also resigned her membership of the APC Board of Trustees
(BOT). She confirmed her resignation in a letter sent to the
leadership of the APC on Friday and obtained by Daily Trust. The
letter reads:
“Your Excellencies,
“My leaders, mentors, colleagues and friends,
“I write to formally communicate my decision to relinquish
membership of the All Progressives Congress. This has
been a five-year journey during which I have met some
very exceptional people and learned from you all.
“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.
“In 2013, I left youth activism for mainstream politics
because I believed governance was a more efficient
vehicle for bringing about change; there was nothing that I
wanted more than to be part of the process of making this
country work again and contributing my quota to national
development. I believed – and still do – that there’s only
so much that one can do to elevate the living conditions of
one’s people as an individual, and that occupying a
position with the backing of the Constitution gives a lot
more power to change lives and in much greater numbers.

IMG 20180831 185423 566“I have always advocated for enhanced youth and women
participation in politics; this is why I believe that simply
accepting this situation or making peace with what can
only be described as tyranny and injustice as some have
advised me to, would make me both dishonest to myself
and untrue to everything I’ve ever advocated for.
“I want to thank you all sincerely for everything you have
done to help me grow and I hope that our relationship
remains cordial irrespective of political leanings. I remain
committed to the ideals which led me to join politics, and
will join another party once I’m convinced that inclusion
for youths and women is an issue they prioritise and that
internal democracy truly matters.
“I certainly do not have it all figured out yet, but the
conviction that led me to join APC now demands that I
stand and fight not just for myself, but also for other
women and young people in similar circumstances. Mine is
a grossly underrepresented demography and injustice, in
all its forms and irrespective of who perpetrates it, must
be resisted. The decision of who gets to represent us is
one that should be made by the people and it is not up to
any individual, no matter how highly placed, to tell me
that I must not even try.
“I thank you for your support so far and would perfectly
understand if things have to be different going forward
due to political differences.
“With gratitude and utmost respect,” the letter concludes.



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