By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja
The Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), National Youth Wing, has urged the people of Kaduna State to vote for the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Rt Hon Isa Ashiru in the Saturday’s gubernatorial election.
According to the youth, the present administration might have done it best, but added that during the PDP administration from 1999-2015, there was deliberate efforts at uniting the people of Kaduna State which the APC administration has failed to do.
A statement issued by the National Youth Leader of SOKAPU, Comrade John Isaac, said the people of Kaduna State should vote for the PDP for unity, growth and development of the country.
“We call on our youths to come out in their large numbers and cast their votes for the PDP candidate in order to end the reign of hopelessness and despair sweeping across our dearly beloved state. A vote for the PDP this Saturday is a vote for peace, security, unity, progress and development of Kaduna State, ” Isaac said.
The statement titled: “Appeal To Southern Kaduna Youths,” the SOKAPU Youth leader commended the youths for coming out en masse to peacefully exercise their civic rights during the Presidential and National Assembly elections that took place on 25th February 2023.
“The SOKAPU Youth Wing National wishes to remind and reiterate to our members the consequences of what we shall be doing this Saturday, 18th March, 2023.
“The SOKAPU Political Committee and the Southern Kaduna Leadership Council, comprising high profile personalities drawn across the length and breadth of our dear region, was saddled with the responsibility of engaging governorship candidates of various political parties with the aim of recommending the direction to follow. They have done that in clear terms.
“As the apex youth body of our dear region, we have observed that in the last seven-plus years of this administration, citizens have been subjected to various challenges, including the horrendous killings and decimations of our communities. The current administration may have done their best in tackling these problems, but their best has become the worst ever witnessed since the creation of this state as seen in the gruesome killing of no fewer than 3,500 Southern Kaduna people by criminal herdsmen and terror gangs.
“Thousands have also lost their means of livelihood, with hundreds of thousands displaced from their ancestral lands. The increase in tuition fees in state tertiary schools has led to many students dropping out of school. Education, which should have been a right for citizens, is now a privilege for only the well-to-do.. Many of our youths are roaming the street without job opportunities. The few engaged by the previous administrations have been sacked by the current administration. The All Progressives Congress-led government in Kaduna State has done more harm than good to our people through its anti-people policies.
“However, there is no doubt that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration in the past proved more friendlier and progressive more than what we have now. When the party was in power from 1999-2015, there was a deliberate attempt at inclusion and carrying everyone along in the affairs of governance.
“Having done an in-depth and extensive consultation with regards to the frightening scenario that is making life difficult to the citizens of Kaduna State, we have unanimously resolved to endorse the governorship candidate of the PDP, Rt. Hon. Isa Ashiru Kudan in the 2023 Kaduna Governorship poll slated to hold this Saturday.
“We call on our youths to come out in their large numbers and cast their votes for the PDP candidate in order to end the reign of hopelessness and despair sweeping across our dearly beloved state. A vote for the PDP this Saturday is a vote for peace, security, unity, progress and development of Kaduna State, ” the statement added.