By Umar Muhammad Puma
Newly elected All Progressives Congress (APC) National youth leader, Hon. Ibrajim Dasuki Jalo Waziri, has blamed the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the controversy trialling his emergence saying he has never lied about his age.
Speaking with reporters over the weekend in Abuja, Jalo said “the PDP is responsible for my predicament going by the manner and the angle is coming. It is basically from the PDP, look at the social media; the tweeter, facebook and the rest, you will realise that the source is the party in government. Even the picture they put there and the tweeter handle, they are using Dr. Ibrahim Jalo, not me. I think it is a kind of calculated attempt to discredit the process and the recent APC convention.
“I can see that the PDP has nothing to say and that is why they are looking at some of these issues to talk about and I also want to put it on record that all the years they are calling 49, 52 and 53, are all lies about me. I was born in 1971, and basically I am 43 this year.
“If you look at the argument they are bringing out, it is not something that contravened the APC laws because what they are saying in the laws which was amended during the convention stated that a youth should be between the age of 18 to 40 years but it did not say a youth leader should not be somebody over 40 years. Therefore, if you look at all the political parties, including the APC, from the ward level to the state up to zonal, there is nowhere any law is applied on the position of a youth leader.
“The PDP has had a youth leader who is about 60 years and above, and if you look at the minister of youth today, he is somebody who is above 50 years. So, basically there is no law that says somebody who coordinates the youth be restricted to certain age bracket. But then you know we are in political era people can air their views and suggestions.
On the just concluded Ekiti election, Jalo said the election was not free and fair as Nigerians were made to believe. “If you look at what happened, even before the election, we were there with our leaders to attend a rally. But look at the level of intimidation, our leaders were denied coming to rally ground. For example the governor of Edo state was denied from flying from Edo to Ado. The same thing happened to Rivers state governor, who landed but was denied moving to Ado Ekiti and was even threatened by a Captain that if he moves, he was going to shoot him. So, do you call this a level playing ground?”, he queried.