By Sodiq Lawal
The Ifeland Youths Movement has appealed to the All Progressive Party (APC ) State of Osun to Zone governorship ticket to Ile Ife.
In a press conference held in Ile Ife, the leadership of the movement led by the Coordinator, Comrade Agbogunleri Oluwaseun called on President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Bisi Akande, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, APC state chairman, Chief Gbenga Famodun and other party stakeholders to intervene and ensure that the party governorship ticket is zoned to Ile-Ife.
The movement also called on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan, community, religious, opinion leaders, Ife sons and daughters to speak with one voice in the coming election.
The coordinator told newsmen that despite the position of Ile Ife in the Yoruba epistemology, culture and its role in fostering peace and unity and merit based leaders, Ife land remain marginalized in the political leadership of not only Nigeria but also in state where she belong politically.
Oluwaseun lamented that there is no any aspirant from Ile Ife out of 27 aspirants in the race for the Osun APC ticket.
“The question is, where are the aspirants from Ife lands?. With all political leaders Ife possess. We have heard people saying let them obtain form but upon careful inspection, we realized that the political compass yet again is pointing no to our ambition.”
“If truly we all want our cradle to advance a step further, then we must be interested in the leadership inclusion of her people in the political structure of the State.
“Having discovered that APC has more chance of wining the coming election, The crux of this conference is to let the general public, the Yoruba race, political gladiators and the ruling APC to see the dissonance between the Ife as the cradle of Yoruba races and the Ife people that has been disavowal of political leadership” he said.
The youth movement however appreciated the good work of the APC government led by President Muhammadu Buhari and lauded work of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola led by APC government in the State.