The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued a 72-hour ultimatum to Senator Andy Ubah to withdraw a derogatory statement he allegedly made against the students.
This was contained in a statement signed by the NANS Public Relations Officer, Comrade Okereafor Bestman Opeyemi.
In the statement, NANS condemned the alleged derogatory statement reportedly credited to Senator Ubah, where he was said to have accused NANS members of influencing the All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial primaries that produced Tony Nwoye as the candidate for the party in the November governorship election in the state.
It maintained that the alleged statement by Ubah was unacceptable, and threatened to occupy his constituency office as well as National Assembly if he failed to withdraw the statement within the 72 hours period.
“The attention of the apex students governing body, the National Association Of Nigerian Students (NANS) has been drawn to a derogatory and highly infinitesimal letter written by Senator Andy Ubah, an APC Anambra State gubernatorial aspirant, who was defeated by Comrade Tony Nwoye, a former president of NANS at the APC Anambra State party primaries.
“The letter dated 27th August 2017, and addressed to the Chairman, All Progressive Congress Anambra state gubernatorial appeal committee, accusing NANS members of influencing the party primaries held at the Alex Ekwueme square Awka, Anambra state and labeling the association members as thugs.
“To set the records straight for the purpose of clarity, NANS is a responsibly responsive Association, and our members were not present at the party primaries that took place in the state, this is basically because NANS is not partisan and our members are not expected to be partisan as we do not interfere in political party affairs.
“Furthermore, the National leadership of NANS will not tolerate such act from Sen.Andy Uba as its totally unacceptable even at a time when Nigerian Students are saddened over the deplorable state of our campuses and education system in the country.
“In conclusion, NANS is calling on Sen. Andy Ubah to withdraw the statement in the next 72 hours or face the full wrath of Nigerian students, as NANS will not hesitate to sue him to court and equally occupy his constituency office in Awka before finally engaging him at the National Assembly to demand for what we consider as just and fair,” the statement read.