The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has predicted that the future of Nigeria belongs to the youths, even as he urged them to start early preparations towards taking over in all endeavours.
Tukur said a younger member of the PDP would take over government after President Goodluck Jonathan in 2019.
According to him, Jonathan had already laid the foundation for the Nigerian youths to spearhead the political and economic engineering of Nigeria, urging them to take the advantage right away while not sitting on the fence any longer.
The PDP chairman made this known in Abuja yesterday when members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Anambra State branch paid him a visit at his residence.
Tukur told the students that the era of gerontocracy was gone in Nigeria, which he said had prompted the PDP to begin to look in the direction of the youths to handle higher political offices.
He said the PDP’s support for the youths was the reason it resolved to stand by its governorship candidate in Anambra State, Tony Nwoye, notwithstanding the rumblings that characterised preparations by the party for the governorship election in the state.
He said Nwoye had defined himself as a candidate, who was not hankering after the governorship seat of the state in desperation.
According to him, it is rather the seat that needs him because of his potentials and the wealth of experience he had garnered in management of the youths affairs.
Tukur urged the students from the state not to relent in supporting the party’s agenda in all areas, most especially its desire to position the youths for the challenges of taking part in rebuilding Nigeria.
He said the PDP remained focused with its 12-point agenda which includes the Triple R; Reconciliation, Reformation and Rebuilding of not only the PDP, but the entire country, charging them to be part of the deal by playing prominent roles in the process henceforth.
The spokesman for the Anambra students, Mr. Danielson Tony, expressed misgivings on the crises within the PDP but commended the chairman for the wisdom, understanding and the maturity he had so far exercised in managing the crises.
He lamented that the uncertainty within the ruling party had been impacting negatively on its preparations for the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 16.
He also expressed regrets on the use of the court by members of the party in the state to throw a spanner on the wheels of the party in its preparations for the governorship election.