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NAPS Speaks on endorsing Obaseki for Second term in Edo

The National Association of Polytechnic Students(NAPS) has denied endorsement of Governor Godwin Obaseki for the 2020 Edo governorship election.

Newly elected National President of NAPS, Comrade Olasunkanmi Ijaduoye, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, said the student body distances itself from the purported endorsement of Obaseki for the second term, saying there was no iota of truth in the said reports in a section of the media.

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He said: 
       “The newly elected national leadership of NAPS under my watch as the president of the entire polytechnic students sees it imperative to distance the well-meaning and intellectual polytechnic students from an integrity attacking reports flying in the media that the leadership of NAPS has rallied cum declared supports for governor Godwin Obaseki Of Edo State ahead of the 2020 Edo governorship election.

“The planned convention of our dear association scheduled for Edo State over the weekend commenced on disappointing note from the convention planning committee, chaired by Com Oluwole Jacob who carelessly dragged the hard-earned integrity of polytechnic students into dirty political atmosphere of Edo State, all because of monetary gains.

“The unsuspecting polytechnic students who had converged for convention in Edo State where dubiously lobbied into a rally tagged “SAVE EDUCATION RALLY” not knowing that the convention planning committee has already had unknown negotiations with the deputy governor of Edo State, Com Philip Shuabi, to turn the rally to an endorsement rally.

“The anti students’ act of the Convention planning committee got the teeming student Union president of polytechnics in the country to immediately pass a vote of no confidence on the Convention planning committee, thereby immediately appoint a Convention chairman that conducted the election,” he said.

Ijaduoye added that immediately he emerged as the President of NAPS at the convention ground, he saw it needful and as a matter of integrity to distance the Association from being dragged in dirty politics.

He said:
         “We have laboured too far to allow the integrity of the polytechnic students to be dragged into the mud courtesy the recklessness of our comrades.
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“Struggles under my leadership shall be basically students oriented and in the collective interest of Nigerians by extension,” he said.

(Excluding Headline: First published on Tribune)

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