2019: SDP invades Kaduna as youths throng in
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has begun mass mobilization for supporters across the board in Kaduna, Politics Today learnt.
A dependable source in the party revealed that the leadership of the SDP has launched “strategic plan” for winning the young political turks in Kaduna into its fold, as a “starting point for building enormous political goodwill”. The source explained that the SDP strategists first went round local governments in Southern Kaduna where “they quietly met those who truly matter in the politics of the area”, adding that “it was shocking how the people opened up on their frustrations” ahead of 2019.
The SDP team then visited the rest of the State and assigned some respected political stakeholders in the State to develop a master plan for setting up viable structures at the State, Local Government and Ward levels. The party has also given a nod for the speedy revival of its old structures, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The source explained that “getting Kaduna for SDP is a sure bet because from the information we gathered the people are willing to go all the way with us. We know exactly what their important needs are and they agreed with our restoration agenda for 2019. We have proved to them, beyond reasonable doubt, that the SDP will be the party to beat in Kaduna, in 2019.
It would be recalled that newspapers were awash with reports that efforts were on, by retired military generals and the nation’s young entrepreneurs, to fund a new political party capable of giving the PDP and APC a run for their money. Only days ago former president Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida endorsed the SDP, along with the idea of young breed of political aspirants; to end the culture of recycling too many old brigade politicians in the corridors of power. This was shortly followed by a widely-reported closed-door meeting between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Only Falae in the Southwest.
Pundits think the SDP would cash in on the frustration of the masses occasioned by the widely condemned 16 years of PDP and the “uneventful” years of the APC.
Our insider in the SDP argued that the APC at all levels “now has trust issues, revolving around the fulfillment of electoral promises, leading to the indignation of the masses and boring media propaganda about unverifiable economic indices, in the face of unprecedented downward slide in the value of the naira; rising insecurity; hunger, lack of infrastructure; closure of private investments and retrenchment of workers; and pervasive poverty in the land”.