Southern Kaduna Youth Associations called on People Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Rt. Hon. Ashiru Mohammed Kudan (Sarkin Bai Zazzau) to pick Engr. Michael Ayuba Auta as his running mate.
The group made the call, today, in Kaduna at press conference they organised.
According to the group, 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.
It is for this reason that we are agitating this day for a youth representation in the choice of a running mate for Rt. Hon. Isa Mohammed Ashiru, Sarkin Bai Zazzau in the 2023 governorship elections in the person of Engr. Dr. Michael Ayuba Auta.
Our choice of Engr. Auta is 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. Suffice to mention that he is just in his 40’s.
It is our strong believe that a youth running mate, and Engr. Auta in particular, would not only brighten the chances but guarantee the victory of the PDP at the 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 youths are given their rightful place in the forthcoming governorship elections by considering our request for the selection of Engr. Auta as the party’s gubernatorial running mate.