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Crisis: As SOKAPU suspends Youth Wing over internal squabbles

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) has suspended activities of its Youths Wing, with immediate effect.

This is contained in a statement issued and signed by spokesman of the union, Mr Luka Binniyat, in Kaduna on weekend.

“No national official of SOKAPU Youths Wing must parade his office publicly or use his office for either personal or official engagement with anyone or group, pending the resolution of issues at stake,” it stated.

The union stated that suspension came as a result of internal squabbles among the National Executives of the Youths Wing, leading to the alleged impeachment of its National Coordinator, Mr John Isaac, on the 20th August, 2022.

A 7-man committee, made up of members of the CEC and two other respectable members of SOKAPU outside the CEC, has been set up to look into the issues raised by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of SOKAPU Youths Wing, which carried out the said impeachment.

“The Committee has been given two weeks to carry out its findings and make recommendations to the CEC of SOKAPU.

“The National Executives of the Youths Wing and their supporters have been instructed to keep away from making further comments in the social media and conventional mass media on the matter that is before the committee. Disciplinary action awaits any person, who violates these directives,” it warned.

Meanwhile, the Youth Wing has been assured that should they be able to resolve their differences using their internal mechanism, the CEC may lift the suspension even before the committee finishes its work, if so convinced.

“The National Executives of our Youths Wing have been officially communicated with our decision at a meeting with them this afternoon (3rd September, 2022) at the National Secretariat of our Union, in Kaduna,” it stated.

SOKAPU is the socio-cultural umbrella body of all the 67 ethnic nationalities of the Southern part of Kaduna, covering 12 of the 23 Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.

“SOKAPU Youths Wing is a creation of Section 19 (iv) of the Constitution of SOKAPU with the major aim of coordinating the youths of Southern Kaduna towards achieving the goals of SOKAPU,” it noted.

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