The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Saturday, said that it would allow more youth into the party, as it reviews its membership policy to accommodate the plan. The party has decided to set up the PDP National Directorate of Youth Affairs, which is expected to be inaugurated by Uche Secondus, PDP acting national chairman, next Tuesday. The directorate has as its members, Tony Nwolu, Ibrahim Aboki, Adebayo Abayomi, Franklyn Umar, Babangida Maina, Ini Emabong, and Zulaihat Abdullahi, said a statement signed by the party’s national youth leader, Abdullahi Maibasira. Other members are Malik Henry Obodozie-Awuzie, Ohimai Amaize, Abdulrahaman Muawuyya, Yusuf Kanoma, Inusa Mohammed, Chidiebere Egwu and Oche Otorkpa. The committee is to examine the level of youth involvement in the party’s administration, and recommend ways of supporting more youth to aspire as the party’s candidates in future elections, a spokesperson said.
The PDP said its new committee would examine “the institutional, operational and administrative framework that governs and guides youth activities in the party, as well as recommending amendments necessary to improve and expand youth inclusion in party processes”.
It would also review the involvement strategy of youth groups, recommend best practice and avenues for youth group engagement, in addition to contemporary methods for youth recruitment, mobilisation and retention in the party.
“The party appreciates the support of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in pledging technical and secretarial assistance for the committee, which has three weeks to submit its report,” the party said.