The Coalition of Northern Groups has said the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, does not fit in as a young Nigerian and would not give the Peoples Democratic Party victory in the coming poll.
The group’s spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, noted this in a statement Monday. The presidential candidate of the PDP had picked Okowa as his running mate and described him as ‘a worthy successor’.
Faulting PDP’s choice, the CNG said without youth inclusion, democracy cannot flourish. Superman noted that Dr Ibrahim Bello-Dauda, an accountant and businessman, would be the best running mate for the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate.
“For democracy to flourish and have meaning, there must be demographic inclusion. The two major political parties systematically schemed younger aspirants out of their presidential tickets.
“In order to complement the yearnings of the younger generation of Nigerians, the parties were expected to pick young people as running mates for their respective presidential candidates.
“The running mate selected by the Peoples Democratic Party is relatively not within the bracket of the young generation. Now eyes are on the APC to compliment the (Bola) Tinubu-ticket with young people.
“As Vice Presidential candidate to Bola Tinubu, such young, energetic men as Dr Ibrahim Dauda remain the only viable alternative to guarantee victory for the APC.
“And since Tinubu is more in favour of the North-East, Dauda, who just clocked 50, so far, stands out as the only representative of the young generation among all the other hopefuls from that zone.
“It added that such young men with great potential, impeccable pedigree, proven integrity, honesty, and experience are what the APC needs on the Asiwaju ticket.
“Popular young aspiring personalities like Dauda shall be the ones to be considered to bridge the widening generation gap,” Suleiman said.