Why I Resigned As President Of NYCN – Ugochinyere

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Abuja – Barrister Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the Spokesperson of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) and the National Chairman of Action People’s Party (APP), on Thursday explained why he decided to resign as the President of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).

Ugochinyere disclosed that he decided to resign to enable him to focus fully as the National Chairman of his party and spokesperson of CUPP.

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He noted that not only has his long absence and foray into opposition politics created a huge vacuum that has lead to the emergence of factional leaders and splinter groups who are destroying the unity of the Council, but added that it is going to be a disservice to the National Youth Council of Nigeria to be in a position where his personal political interests/affiliations will conflict with the common interest of the generality of Nigerian youths.

Announcing his resignation while addressing newsmen at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, Ugochinyere said, “following my deep involvement in opposition politics during my leave from the Youth Council particularly as the spokesperson of the Nigerian opposition, the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP and as the National Chairman of Action Peoples Party (APP), I have come to the informed conclusion that I may not be in the best position to be totally neutral to lead Nigerian youths as president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.

“My long absence and foray into opposition politics has created a huge vacuum that has led to the emergence of factional leaders and splinter groups who are destroying the unity of the council.

“I have also consulted with my family, friends and associates and I believe it is going to be a disservice to the National Youth Council of Nigeria to be in a position where my personal political interests and affiliations will conflict with the common interest of the generality of Nigerian youths.

“It is based on the foregoing that I hereby serve on you the notice of my resignation from office as the President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria effective immediately a successor who will emerge from the upcoming unity Congress in the coming days is sworn in.”

The NYCN President, who called for early congress for the vacancy to be filled in view of the decision of his deputy resigning alongside with him, alleged that during his leadership, “the Federal Ministry of Youth Development contributed in no small measure to the perennial crisis rocking the council.

“Despite the affirmation of the legitimacy of our leadership by the FCT High Court, which is still valid and subsisting till today, the ministry continued to disobey the valid orders of the court. The distraction from the ministry really slowed our pace.

“To ensure we leave office immediately and in the interest of the youth council, Nigerian youths and to avoid a vacuum, I have called for early unity election so that new leadership will emerge in the council, take over and drive the council from where we have stopped.

“I have all it takes to sustain my leadership and claim to the Presidency of the National Youth Council of Nigeria with the court judgement and my financial resources, but I have decided to make this great sacrifice of voluntarily stepping aside and call for early congress to institute a leadership that will unify us all and move us to greater heights.”

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Appealing to others to allow younger, neutral and more vibrant leadership in the Council, Ugochinyere said, “fellow comrades, brothers and sisters in the struggle, who have fuelled and benefited from the divisions in the council to look at the greater good of the National Youth Council and take the honourable path of making personal sacrifice of stepping aside to allow the emergence of younger, neutral and more vibrant leadership.”

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