As the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress, APC, gets closer, there is need to state reasons on the candidacy of Mallam Solihu Mustapha one of the aspirants in the race.
Mustapha has gathered sufficient experience in the political terrain as a young man and he is eminently qualified to man the office of National Chairman of the party.
Mallam Solihu Mustapha is a level headed personalty, a humble pedigree and a youth by demographic classing.
As to financial status, he may not be a match with any of the former Governors in contention with him but surely, he is hard working and has potentials to manage the office.
He has been a deputy national chairman of the Congress for Progressive change, CPC, where President Muhamadu Buhari was the leader and already knows his capability as a loyal party mate to have earned that office then.
Looking at the political demography of Nigeria, Solihu Mustapha belongs to the youth class and there are well over 65% of youths, vibrant, intelligent, capable and competent.
Nigerian youths have come of age and are willing to take up the mantle of leadership, as they often say enough of calling them future leaders, no longer too young to run.
Mustapha is a friend of journalist, a philanthropist and man of the people, whose philanthropy despite his meager resources has been identifying with the masses in the lower class and has shown them favour, knowing what they pass through.
He recently gave out palliatives to some under privildged in the society, empowering them with food and other items, without being in power nor holding any political appointment.
Recently, he donated a Bus to the Correspondents chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kwara Council during which he openly declared himself friend of journalists.
At the presentation he declared: “I am a friend of Journalists and wants to associate with them everywhere I go. We all know that without you people, what we do cannot be known to the public. I also know the pains you pass through in doing your job. If I cannot remove all these pains, I should be able to do my little best in alleviating the pains of these patriotic workers in the media.
“In same manner, I want to urge other politicians and office holders to look into the plight of Journalists and seek better welfare for them in a way that gives them joy of doing their job.
Looking from his antecedents, a National Chairman in Solihu Mustapha will offer useful advice to whoever is the President of the Country and as well be humble and competent to reach out to state governors and the national assembly in a way that democracy will be strengthened on the platform of dialogue and dip[lomacy.
Mallam Solihu Mustapha will use his political experience to make governance better if he becomes national Chairman of APC.
He was quoted as saying that democracy is an ingredient for governance and good governance is the essence of democracy adding that if given the opportunity to be chairman, he would use his youthful experience to reach out to his colleagues on need to serve the people rather than be their burden.
The call is now to all youths across Nigeria, especially APC youths to make efforts to have an effective and dynamic representation of youths leading the nations ruling party.
As the National Convention draws close, let all the youths put hands and heads together to install one of them as National Chairman so that the voice of the youths can be well heard and represented in the scheme of things.
There are more youths in Nigeria, the success of Mallam Solihu Mustapha depends on the believe in youths taking over governance in Nigeria.
Looking at his profile, Mustapha’s political career started in the early 21st century when he became the first national publicity secretary of the Progressive Action Congress (PAC), a defunct political party that contested in the 2003 Nigerian presidential election. He became a member of the ANPP and was devoted to the presidential ambition of Muhammadu Buhari In 2009, when a breakaway faction of the ANPP led by Muhammadu Buhari formed the Congress for Progressive Change, Mustapha became the deputy chairman of the party, He held this position until the party merged and formed the All Progressives Congress now APC.
Mallam Mustapha is a grassroot politicians whose closeness to the monarch of his town, Ilorin is very cordial.
In Ilorin, he is a man of the peopled by all and approachable any time, a quality essential for people in power and governance.