Rethink Nigeria, a group sympathetic to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has advised the party to field younger candidates in the governorship elections which come up later this year in the two Nigerian states of Kogi and Bayelsa.
The governorship election in Kogi holds in November while the exercise would hold in December in Bayelsa with the incumbent governors of the states, Idris Wada and Seriake Dickson, respectively seeking re-election on the platform of the PDP.
The youth group said the call had become necessary because the party was in need of redemption after losing the 2015 presidential election as well as losing in a number of states.
“Many Nigerians see the party as that of looters and old crooks not to be trusted.
“The massive onslaught against the party by the new ruling party, APC is another factor responsible for the poor perception about the PDP,” the group noted in a statement while adding that there was urgent need for the PDP to be re-branded.
According to the group, the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, “has woken to the reality that Nigerians will no longer trust the same old politicians within its fold and as such they must evolve new ways to communicate, reach out and get the support of the Nigerian people by strategically positioning young people with good name to become the new faces of the party.”
Rethink Nigeria, which claimed that former president Goodluck Jonathan is in support of the move to get younger candidates for political positions, said that young party members would be elected into its Board of Trustees and NWC at next year’s Extraordinary Congress Election when new officials of the party would be elected
“One of the greatest challenges the PDP has always had is the issue of imposition of candidates on the party which makes it …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper