Kaduna Guber Race: Southern Kaduna Youths Endorse Hon. Katung as Isa Ashiru’s Running Mate
By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
Southern Kaduna Youth for Progress And Development (SKYPAD), on Friday endorsed Hon. Sunday Marshall as the gubernatorial running mate to Hon. Isa Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The youth group, led by Danjuma Sarki, who made their position known at a press conference in Kaduna, said the choice of Hon. Katung as running mate is, without doubt, a right step in the right direction.
According to him, “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.”
The youths recalled 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.” They added.