The gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Hon Isa Ashiru has picked Hon Sunday Marshall Katung as his running mate for the 2019 governorship election in Kaduna State.
Elanza News gathered that there was intense lobbying prior to the selection of the running mate but the party, stakeholders and Ashiru settled for Katung because of his track records.
Katung had secured a return ticket to contest for the House of Representatives seat of Zangon Kataf / Jaba Federal Constituency under the platform of the PDP but was picked by Ashiru as running mate for the 2019 governorship election in Kaduna State.
The Director General of the Ashiru Campaign Organization (HIMACO), Amb Sule Buba, confirmed the choice of Katung as the running mate to Ashiru in the forthcoming general elections.
Katung also confirmed his selection as running mate to Elanza News.
There were different groups in search for a deputy gubernatorial candidate each lobbying to ensure that their choice made the list.
Ashiru, it was gathered, before traveling abroad, told the people of Southern Kaduna to bring a running mate for him.
Ashiru held from zone II, the Northern senatorial district. He is a former local government chairman, member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly and a former member of the House of Representatives.
His emergence as the candidate of the PDP did not come to many as a surprise, haven made attempts several times.
Prior to the primary election, the PDP went into a serious search for a credible candidate. The criteria given was a candidate with acceptability that is not arrogant. Almost all the aspirants that contested for the PDP gubernatorial ticket, it was gathered, met the requirements but one among them, Ashiru emerged.
Immediately after the primaries, the search for a running mate commenced. After all groups released their names, the member, representing Zangon Kataf / Jaba Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon Sunday Marshal Katung was picked.
It was gathered that Katung was busy strategising on how to win his reelection bid but the baton to run with Ashiru in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Kaduna State fell on him.
Katung, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, is a graduate of university of Lagos. He holds a post-graduate diploma in management and masters degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the premier university of the north, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is currently undergoing his PhD programme in the same university.
He has served Kaduna State as both Commissioner for Finance and Water Resources and is currently a member of the House of Representatives.
His choice, according to some analysts, will boost the chances of the PDP in the 2019 general elections.