Tukur has said that President Goodluck will rule the country till 2019, after which a younger member of the PDP would take over the mantle of leadership.
Alhaji Bamanga Tukur spoke in Abuja yesterday when he received leaders and members of the Anambra State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) at his private residence.
He told the visiting student activists that the future of the country belonged to the youths and urged them to start early preparations towards taking over leadership in all facets of national life.
According to him, Jonathan had laid the foundation for the youths to spearhead the nation’s political and economic engineering.
He urged them not to sit on the fence but to take advantage of the opportunity offered them by the President.
The party chairman said the era of gerontocracy was gone for good, adding that the PDP has begun to look in the direction of the youths for higher political offices in the land.
Tukur said the PDP decided to back Mr. Tony Nwoye for the November 16 governorship election in Anambra as a testimony to the party’s commitment to encouraging the youths to take up leadership positions. Nwoye was a one time national president of NANS.
The chairman said: “Nwoye has defined himself as a candidate who is not hankering after the governorship seat of Anambra in desperation. Rather, it is the governorship seat that needs him because of his potentials and the wealth of experience he had garnered in the management of youths affairs.
“I urge you students from Anambra State not to relent in supporting the party’s agenda in all areas, most especially its desire to position the youths for the challenges of taking part in rebuilding Nigeria.
“The PDP remains focused with its 12-point agenda which include reconciliation, reformation and rebuilding of not only the PDP, but the entire country. You must key into the deal by playing prominent roles in the process henceforth”.
The spokesman for the students, Mr Danielson Tony, expressed apprehension about the crises rocking the PDP. He, however, praised Tukur for what he described as the wisdom, understanding and the maturity with which he had displayed in the management of the crises.