A group of young Nigerians under the aegis of Not Too You To Run Movement, said the Bill has received affirmative votes from twenty-five (25) state assemblies across the country, which is the constitutional threshold prescribed by Section 9 (2) of the 1999 constitution.
Addressing a press conference Friday in Abuja, one of the conveners of the group said only Taraba State House of Assembly voted against the age reduction.
The movement, as they called themselves, however, inaugurated “the Taraba State House of Assembly into the Not Too Young To Run Hall of Shame.”
While calling on the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari to pass into law the Bill, the group said: “we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the constitutional amendment bill especially the Age Reduction bill as soon as the bills are transmitted to him for assent.
Should the President delay or declines assent to the bill, we call on the National Assembly to veto the President. “In the interest of Nigeria’s Democracy, the Not Too Young To Run movement gives the State Assemblies, National Assembly and the Executive 30 days to conclude the ongoing constitutional amendments process.
“We call on political parties to uphold the principles of internal democracy, transparency and accountability. With the passage of Not Too Young To Run, we expect more youth will seek to political office.
“Whilst noting that the parties provide a platform for the actualization of political aspirations, we also note that parties can undermine and jeopardize youth candidacy at elections.
It is therefore important to reiterate the need for political parties to ensure internal party democracy to safeguard the emergence of youth candidates in the 2019 elections.”