NANS had, last Thursday, endorsed President Jonathan to run for another term in office.
The president of NANS, Yinka Gbadebo, who led the national executive members of the association on a courtesy visit to the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, expressed NANS support at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
But zonal leaders of the union say they were not informed and will not back any political endorsement without adequate consultation and review.
“As for us in NANS ZONE B for south west, we have not declared our support for any aspirant be you PDP or APC or Labour, because we have not seen reasons why we should come out now and say we are supporting any political persons,” said Sunday Asafon who is the coordinator Zone B, Southwest, and a student leader at Ekiti State University.
“For us in Southwest, we have not and if we are going to declare anybody I think it has to be an open thing; we have to invite the whole institutions. It’s not something someone will just do as an individual and anybody that said he has declared Jonathan for another term is on his own. We are not part of it, we are disassociating ourselves from it.”
The Zone A coordinator of the North Central chapter of NANS, Abdulrahman Bala, said the zone will oppose the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan by its national body.
Mr. Bala told PREMIUM TIMES that his union was not aware of the endorsement.
“We were not consulted at all. We never knew about it. The pronouncement came out of the personal experience of the NANS president, and if there should be any endorsement, a memo has to be created whereby an input will be collected from various students so that it will be announced properly,” he said.
“We have not even discussed about the issue We are going against it because we were not consulted and as a leader I think I should be consulted likewise other leaders too before such matter would spring up,” Mr. Bala said.
The former assistant secretary general of NANS, Mohammed Aliyu, also said the union was going to oppose the endorsement of the President, stating that it was also not aware of it.
“We are not aware and we are also planning a press conference in Kaduna this week. We are going to counter it. They acted on their own,” Mr. Aliyu said.
Mohammed Abubakar, the immediate past coordinator of NANS Zone A, has also expressed his disappointment with the NANS president.
Mr. Abubakar told PREMIUM TIMES of how shocked and disappointed his union was at receiving the news.
“We received the news with shock and disappointment, we are completely against it. If there should be any endorsement, people like us needs to be aware. Anybody in his right senses will not say he is endorsing on behalf of Nigerian students without informing NANS. I believe he is promoting his selfish agenda because he is not representing Nigeria students,” Mr. Abubakar said.