As 2019 draws ever closer, political activities are on the increasing all over the country froth with new and shifting alliances, policies, rhetoric, scandals, promises and campaign trains featuring the main political parties in the country; the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as other minor parties.
The latest politicking comes from the camp of the APC as the youths of the party in Kaduna State promised the party’s flagbearer in the upcoming elections, incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari as well as the Governor of Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai 2 million votes in the general elections next year.
This promise was made by the APC youths in a communiqué issued at the end of a youth summit in the state meant to break the barriers of youth leadership in the state.
The summit had the theme; “Kaduna State APC Emerging Young Leaders Summit,” and was used as an opportunity to plead with the leadership of the party to make more opportunities available for the APC youths in the state come 2019.
The communiqué, which was signed by the APC Youth Head of Mobilisation, Malam Umar Yaro reads thus;
“We the youth of Kaduna State at the end of the Kaduna Emerging Young Leaders Summit, resolve the following:
We agreed to support President Muhammadu Buhari and Malam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufa’i for the presidency and Governor of Kaduna State respectively in the 2019 elections because we have hope in them.
With the support of local government chairmen in the state, we will replicate the summit in all local government areas to mobilise the youth for a youth-friendly government in Kaduna state.”
The summit was reportedly organised to bring bring youths, young professionals and emerging leaders within the APC together to discuss societal issues with a view to bringing positive change in their individual communities within Kaduna state.
It is geared towards giving youths a platform to hear, learn, engage and collaborate with young professionals on academic, decision making and advocacy for societal change and development.
The summit also witnessed the inauguration of a mobilisation platform for APC youths christened APC Lungu-Lungu Grassroots Programme as well as a campaign website: www.puttingpeoplefirst.com