By Lola Seriki- Idahosa, Kaduna,North-West, Nigeria ..Ahead of 2019 Governorship election in kaduna, the Southern Kaduna Youth for Progress and Development (SKYPAD) has expressed its support for People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and running mate ISA Ashiru Kudan and Hon. Sunday Marshall Katung, saying that they will bring restoration of lost glory back to Kaduna.
In a press briefing held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Press Centre on Friday, the group said only Ashiru/ Katung ticket can usher in a new dawn to Kaduna.
According to the president of SKYPAD Comrade Danjuma Bello Sarki “we promised to give block votes to the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rt. Honourable Ashiru Kudan and Honourable Sunday Marshal Katung ticket.
According to the group “we are here today to congratulate Rt. Hon. Isa Mohammed Ashiru on his emergence as the gubernatorial flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general elections in the just concluded primary elections in Kaduna State, and to applaud the nomination Hon. Barr. Sunday Marshall Katung, as his running mate. We equally congratulate the running mate on his nomination.
“The choice of Hon. Katung as running mate is, without a doubt, a right step in the right direction, considering his popularity, pedigree and vast experience in administration and politics. Having spent many years in the Nigerian financial sector and later in public service where he served as commissioner under the brief but hugely successful regimes of our hero, late Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa and that of Dr Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, and as a legislator presently representing Zangon Kataf and Jaba Federal Constituency at the Green Chamber with excellent record of sterling performance and quality service delivery, Hon. Katung is by every stretch of the imagination the right man for the job.
“You would recall that during his tenure as commissioner for finance and water resources respectively, he initiated certain reforms in the ministries and took measured steps that brought about increase in IGR, prudence in management of state resources as well as provision of portable water to various rural communities, among other laudable efforts. With his experience as a member of the Kaduna State Executive Council for years therefore, he’ll assist their ticket to hit the ground running in the Executive branch of government in the state.
“Hon. Katung is also known to us as a team player, who is youth friendly and a grassroots politician. He is indeed a detribalised Nigerian, an embodiment of humility, a visionary, focused, charismatic and purposeful leader whose choice is an indication of the kind of quality leadership to expect when, by the grace of God, the government of Hon. Ashiru assumes office come May 29, 2019. His choice will definitely add strength and value to the ticket.
“It is in view of these sterling leadership qualities, coupled with his background as a lawyer and his experience in the financial sector that we are compelled at this point to declare our total support for both his nomination as running mate and the Ashiru/Katung ticket. Coming at a time when our dear state is in dire need of unity, stability and purposeful leadership, an ASHIRU/KATUNG ticket ushers in a new dawn and brings hope to the electorate.
“We throw our weight behind this nomination and pledge to offer our support for the ticket to ensure victory for the party come 2019. Once again congratulations.
“We call on the electorates in Kaduna State to equally support the PDP gubernatorial ticket, as it is the only ticket that would ensure the restoration of the lost glory of our dear state and bring about the desired dividends of democracy to our people.
“We wish to express our gratitude to members of the fourth estate of the realm for your unflinching support to our Party, the PDP, and our governorship candidate. This we shall not take for granted.
“As we conclude, we wish to once again thank you ladies and gentlemen for your presence here.
Also speaking is the secretary of SKYPAD Tanko Rossi Sabo said that they are sure of delivering block votes in all the 11 Local Government Area which includes the eight from Southern Kaduna Senatorial zone, two from Kaduna central, Chikun and Kajuru and also one from Kaduna North Lere Local Government Area..