By Israel Bulus, Kaduna
Group under the auspices of Southern Kaduna Youth Association, has disclosed that the choice of Engr. Micheal Auta as the running mate to the Gubernatorial Candidate of the Kaduna State People Democratic Party, (PDP), would brighten the chances of the party come 2023 general elections.
The group stated this in a statement make available to newsmen on Monday in Kaduna by its national leader, Comrade James Moses Yunom.
According to them while they celebrate the victory of Isa Ashiru, it is important to remember that it is a victory over one half of the game. The other half, which is the most important, will certainly be against a very formidable candidate and the ruling political party which is senator Uba Sani and the APC.
” It is on this note we’re advocating the choice of Engr. Auta which was predicated on his years of experience and track record in the private sector, financial firepower, youths and women empowerment, education and community service which combined to make him the most suitable for the deputy governorship role, adding he is just in his 40’s.
” Since 1999, the strategy adopted by the PDP in the choice of a running mate has mostly been persons who either edging closer to political retirement or those with minimal touch with the youths constituency, save for 2019 where a youthcentric choice was made. These choices have always left out the youths who constitute over 60% of the voting population in political oblivion and without adequate political mentorship.
” We are agitating for a youth representation in the choice of a running mate that would contribute immensely and be part of deciding the future of the younger generation.
” We believe that if a young person like Engr. Auta emerges as the PDP gubernatorial running mate, it would not only brighten the chances but guarantee success of the PDP at the general polls come 2023.
While we acknowledge the constitutional right of our amiable governorship candidate in choosing his running mate, we as party faithfuls and members of the PDP family feel it is only right to bring to the table any suggestion(s) that will guarantee us victory at the polls.
We are confident that Rt. Honorable Isah Ashiru who has shown a genuine desire to work with the youths, going by the appointment of youths into his campaign council, H.E Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, the state Chairman, Hon. Felix Hassan Hyat and other party leaders, will come together to ensure that the youths are given their rightful place in the forthcoming governorship elections considering the selection of Engr. Auta.