Abdulmumin, MKO Abiola’s Son, Joins APC National Youth Leadership Contest

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Gboyega Akinsanmi
The youngest son of the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Bashorun MKO Abiola, Abdulmumin Abiola, yesterday said he would contest for the office of National Youth Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) next Saturday.

Abdulmumin, the last child of the June 12 martyr, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, equally dissociated his aspiration from the recent decision of the federal government to declare June 12 Democracy Day and accord his father with the highest national honour.

He declared his intention at a session with select journalists in Lagos yesterday, noting that he joined the race with a plan to revive the youth wing of the APC.
The ruling party will hold its national convention next Saturday amid controversies over the unity list, which may pitch the APC governors against the National Working Committee (NWC) if the consensus list is eventually thrown out.

Amid the controversie s, Abdulmumin declared interest in the APC national youth leadership position, ascribing it to his belief in the APC and that he had requirements “to give the youths the much needed direction to move Nigeria forward.

“Since I returned to Nigeria in 2007, I have been thinking about how to contribute to Nigeria’s political system. I have been thinking of how I can make a difference in the country’s political space. The next convention presents good opportunity.”

He explained that he had always been working hard “to bridge the gap between the youths and the political leadership. I have been working to enable the Nigerian youths contribute their quota to the development of Nigeria.”