By Israel Bulus, Kaduna
As the 2023 general elections begin to ganner momentum, group under the auspices of Southern Kaduna New Faces are demanding for 65 percent inclusion in the campaign structure of the Kaduna gubernatorial campaign structure of Hon. Ashiru Isa Kudan.
The group stated this in a Communique signed by its Chairman, Hon. Tanko Rossi and issued to Journalists after a crucial meeting held in Kaduna over the weekend.
According to him the group was a coalition of concerned Southern Kaduna youths with a shared vision of promoting and actualizing the political, social, and economic interests of the youths across the region and the meeting was necessitated by the recent emergence of Hon. Isa Ashiru and Dr. John Ayuba to deliberate Youths percentage into their campaign structure.
The group however, Congratulated the PDP in Kaduna State, under the able leadership of Hon. Dr. Felix Hassan Hyat on the successful conduct of party primaries into various elective positions at all levels and the presidential, governorship, and all the other candidates that emerged victorious.
The Youth decried that they accept with pain, the selection of Dr. John Markus Ayuba as the gubernatorial running mate of the PDP while they do not doubt the capacity, experience, and suitability of Dr. Ayuba for the deputy governorship role, and have nothing against his person, but are, however, disappointed with the process of his emergence.
“Our disappointment stems from the fact that the youths, who constitute more than 65% of the voter population in the state were deliberately relegated and equity and fairness were completely negated, even as we are also aware that the Rt. Hon. Isa Ashiru Kudan gave as terms of reference; age, fairness/spread, and pedigree to the committee he constituted to recommend names for the running mate position.
They went further, We are concerned by this apparent neglect of the youths and spirit of fairness, therefore, we demand immediate restitution by ceding nothing less than 65% of the positions in the campaign organization for the general elections to the youth constituency and for the same to be spread equitably across our local government areas.
“Similarly, we demand a revisit of the 2003 substantive power-sharing document signed between the northern and southern leaders of our party as the ONLY condition for the southern Kaduna people’s bloc votes for the PDP in the governorship election come 2023.
“We issue a two-week ultimatum to our governorship candidate and his deputy, the state working committee of the PDP, H.E Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, and other party leaders in the state to implement our demands, failure of which would force us to reconvene and redefine our political future.
“In the interim, however, we assure everyone of our total loyalty and commitment to the goals of winning the 2023 general elections by the PDP at all levels.”