The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has disassociated itself from the Tinubu/Shettima Students Vanguard headed by the immediate past president of the association, Comrade Sunday Asefon.
Newsbreak Nigeria recalls that Sunday Asefon has begun mobilisation of students across the country for the victory of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu via the Tinubu/Shettima Student Vanguard.
Reacting via a press statement made available to Newsbreak Nigeria jointly signed by NANS Southwest (Zone D) Coordinator, Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji, Deputy Coordinator, Comrade Alao John, and Public Relations Officer, Comrade Awoyinfa Opeoluwa, the students’ body said “Sunday Asefon his cohorts, and the misguided Tinubu/Shettima Students Vanguard lack the legitimacy and wherewithal to meet, make promises or enter contracts on behalf of Nigerian Students on any issues at all as they do not represent us”.
Read Full Statement below, “In the history of Democracy, Governance, and Nationalist movements in Nigeria, the invaluable effects of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) cannot be washed away.
“From time immemorial and till date, NANS has been an integral part of diverse struggles for national democracy, freedom, justice, equality, and equity.
“Through ideological engagements, strategic partnerships, 21st-century crisis resolution approach, innovative techniques, Constructive agitations, humanitarian projects, protests, rallies, sensitizations, etc our organisation has firmly stamped its feet in the sands of time regarding the welfare, well-being, and emancipation of not just Nigerian students but also the masses.
“Suffice to say that the above achievements materialised on the back of severe hardships, innumerable sacrifices, intense pains, and serious losses.
“It is therefore well within our rights and an imperative task for us to squash any attempt to commercialise or take undue advantage of the collective efforts of thousands of living and late Comrades as well as students.
“Therefore, after closely observing the various catachrestic and cataclysmic activities of Sunday Adedayo Asefon led Tinubu/Shettima Students Vanguard and being inundated with alarms from our students, we are under great constraint to disassociate ourselves from the said group.
“It is on record that as the immediate past National President of NANS, Asefon have brought the organisation to monumental disrepute through his public romance with John Kayode Fayemi and other politicians as well as other shamefully inerudite activities.
“The said group which is led by Sunday Asefon, some ex students, unpopular Comrades, merchants, and racketeers disguised as students is said to be obtaining money from politicians with the promise to mobilize students votes for them.
“It is no secret that Asefon’s reputation within the students constituency is already a burden for the group as he lacks the clout, goodwill, and acceptability needed to mobilise real students except for the fellow jobbers within his caucus.
“It must also be noted that during Asefon’s misrule as NANS President, he went about sowing the apple of discord among the file and rank of students leaders while doing nothing to galvanise students to obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
“Rather, it was the NANS Southwest leadership and Joint Campus Committee chairmen that took up this unforgettable challenge.
“This has culminated in the students constituency accounting for over 40% of new PVC registrants.
“We must therefore state emphatically that Sunday Asefon his cohorts, and the misguided Tinubu/Shettima Students Vanguard lack the legitimacy and wherewithal to meet, make promises or enter contracts on behalf of Nigerian Students on any issues at all as they do not represent us. The aforesaid group is nothing but a source of income for the propagators”.
NANS southwest (Zone D) further warned “Sunday Asefon and all political jobbers, hungry Comrades and politicians alike to desist from attempting to mortgage our future as no individual, group or organisation can auction our conscience or promise any politician votes on our behalf as any agreement of that nature remains ultra vires.
“Any further deviation from this warning shall be met with an unbendingly stiff resistance.
“At an appropriate time, the leadership of NANS Southwest shall publicly endorse and mobilise for aspirants that can prove beyond reasonable doubt that they have the best interest of the entire Students constituency and the educational sector at heart.
“We insist, that we shall not go down the lane of heedless vote selling or any other electoral malpractices. Our votes are not for sale!”