140 Not-too-young to run candidates attend leadership training in Kano
Ahead of 2019 general elections, 140 young candidates under the Not-too-Young to Run platform have attended leadership capacity training in Kano.
The aspirants, who were trained by a non-governmental organisation Youth Aspirants Leadership Fellowship (YALF), vowed to challenge political dominance of the ruling parties in the country.
Executive Director of YALF, Kingsley Bangwell, said the NGO was commitment to supporting young political aspirants to attain leadership position in Nigeria.
He said Nigeria youths are vibrant and diligent enough to make the paradigm shift in governance and leadership position, if given the opportunity.
“The young people have the capacity to make positive impact in the leadership role of this country. We have seen that practically in the banking sector, ICT, telecommunications and engineering, where they have dominated and made genuine impact,” he said.
One of the trainees, Fahad Ahmed Chikaji, contesting for state house of assembly under Peoples’ Redemption Party (PRP) in Kaduna, lamented the influence of godfather syndrome as major predicament in the body of Nigeria politics.
Fahad who expressed optimism to clinch the assembly ticket, said he was worried about moneybags and multiple voting influences during elections.
The 26-year old PRP candidate promised that priority attention would be given to laws and improvement of quality education and insecurity in Kano State, if voted into power.
Another beneficiary of the training and governorship candidate of Adamawa State in the All Progressives Party (APP), Rukaya Audu Shelleng, accused the ruling political party of negligence to the welfare of women and children in the state.
Rukaya, 38, explained that her desire to serve Adamawa State was born out of passion and commitment to impacting positively on the lives of ordinary people in the state.
Zainab Suleiman, a Chemistry graduate of Bayero University, said she is contesting for the state house of assembly, in Kumbotso constituency under the New Progressives Congress (NPC), to restore hope.
The 26 years Zainab explained that the leadership experience she got during her Students’ Union Government had prepared her for future endeavor.