- The Platform for Youth and Women Development (PYWD)'s director, Kingdom Ogoegbunam, has congratulated Muhammed Suleiman on his emergence as the PDP's national youth leader
- Suleiman emerged the PDP's national youth leader after defeating his close rival at the just concluded national convention in Abuja
- Ogoegbunam advised Suleiman to use his new position to serve the youths in the best interest of the nation
FCT, Abuja - Muhammed Suleiman, a 25-year-old, on Sunday, October 31, emerged as the national youth leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the just concluded national convention.
The Cable reported that Suleiman, who hails from Kaduna state, polled 3,072 votes at the convention to defeat his rival who scored 219 votes.
Reacting to the development, the executive director of the Platform for Youth and Women Development (PYWD), Kingdom Ogoegbunam, congratulated Suleiman on his emergence as the PDP's national youth leader.
He said Suleiman's emergence shows the PDP is serious in its commitment to get the youths involved in politics and leadership affairs.
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The PYWD director also noted that the PDP youth leader must understand that leadership is from God and ensure he utilizes the opportunities given to him by God and his party to serve the youths in the best interest of the nation.
"It (Suleiman's emergence) is a welcome development, it has never happened in the history of any hierarchical party affairs in Nigeria, so I commend the PDP for giving room for youthful participation and surely this is a stepping stone for the young Nigerians to actively join politics."
Ogoegbunam reiterated that the decision of the PDP in appointing a 25-year-old as its youth leader will encourage young Nigerians to be actively involved in partisan politics.
He said the two major parties in the country, the PDP and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should grant waivers to young people who are interested in vying for political offices to encourage their participation.
According to the PYWD director, some youths opt for third force parties because of the level of competition in the major parties and the high cost of running for political offices.
He, however, said "a third force may not actually be the solution at the moment", noting that the big parties should ensure a level playing field to encourage the youths to join them.
PDP convention: Arapaja emerges PDP's deputy national chairman (south)
Meanwhile, the Osun state chapter of the PDP on Saturday, October 30, lost out at the national convention of the party held at Eagle Square, Abuja.
A former deputy governor of Oyo state, Taofeek Arapaja, defeated the sole candidate from Osun state and a former governor of the state, Olagunsoye Oyinlola to become the deputy national chairman (south) of the party.
Arapaja, an ally of Governor Seyi Makinde, garnered 2,004 votes to defeat his only opponent, Oyinlola, who polled 705 votes.