Crisis is looming within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fold, particularly in the North West over ministerial nominee list.
Leadership Sunday investigations revealed that most of the people shortlisted for ministerial appointments in some states in the North-West are septuagenarians.
Already, the younger generation of politicians in the zone are protesting the alleged list prepared by party leaders for submission to the president-elect, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
Those against the submission of the list to the president-elect claim that youths and the young but upward mobile politicians in the zone were responsible for PDP’s outstanding performance in the zone.
In addition, they said cabinet members should not be older or too old to be fathers to the president-elect.
It was gathered that a retired senior military officer from Zamfara State had allegedly submitted names of Mallam Yahayah Abdulkareem – a former deputy governor, the state’s party chairman and Alhaji M.Z Anka. The trio are believed to be over 70 years old.
The argument in Zamfara over the weekend was that the old men have always lost elections to the younger generation. Governor Ahmed Sani, a member of the younger generation had defeated them thrice at general elections.
Leadership Sunday gathered that a leading light among the younger generation of politicians, Colonel Mande Muhammad, was suspended from the party in what a source described as a way of scheming the younger generation out of the ministerial race.
Another younger element, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, 48 years old was not included in the list compiled for submission to the president-elect.
In Sokoto State, Alhaji Ahmed Gusau the political adviser to PDP chairman was said to be the youngest of the three nominees. He is believed to be in his late 60s.
Others include Ambassador Ladan Sani who was commissioner in 1979 during the late Kangiwa administration and Senator Ila Gada, a director of budget in 1979.
"The younger generation are not happy with what the old politicians are doing. We were responsible for the party’s success in Sokoto and lost in Zamfara because we did not have good candidates," one party faithful who sought anonymity told leadership Sunday.