- Twenty-five state Houses of assembly have approved new age limit for Presidency
- A coalition of 54 youth organisations Not Too Young to Run Movement inducted the states in Abuja on Friday, February 16
- The coalition, however, condemned the Taraba state House of assembly for voting against the bill
A coalition of 54 youth organisations across the country under the auspices of ‘Not Too Young to Run Movement’ on Friday, February 16, in Abuja inducted the 25 state assemblies that have passed the 'Not Too Young To Run bill' into a hall of fame.
Daily Trust reports that one of the conveners and the executive director of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), Samson Itodo, stated this while briefing newsmen on the state of the passage of the bill at the state Houses of assembly.
NAIJ.com gathered that the eventual signing of the bill into law after the amendment passed by the National Assembly and state assemblies reduced the qualifying age of the president from 40 to 35, House of Representatives from 30 to 25, state House of assembly from 30 to 25, while the age for the governor and senate was retained at 35.
“This is not totally in line with the demands of the movement. However, we recognize this as a progressive step towards opening the political space for young men and women to participate in electoral politics.
"The movement will not renege on its demand for the alignment of the voting age with the eligibility age for running for office,” he said.
While saying the passage of the bill by the states is unprecedented as it will enhance the quality of Nigeria’s democracy, he said that Nigeria has shown the world that she is a country believing in its youths and is taking concrete steps to address political inequality and social exclusion.
“With this passage, the bill has met the constitutional threshold prescribed by Section 9 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). The Section stipulates that any amendment to the constitution must be approval by at least 24 state Houses of assembly,” Itodo said.
The coalition which condemned the Taraba state House of assembly for voting against the bill also inducted the state into ‘The Not Too Young To Run Hall of Shame’ and urged youths of Taraba to vote out the 11 lawmakers who voted against the bill.
He listed the 25 state assemblies that were inducted into ‘The Not Too Young To Run Hall of Fame’ and will henceforth be referred to as ‘Youth friendly state assemblies’ as:
3. Akwa Ibom
While urging the state assemblies to immediately transmit the amendments to the National Assembly, he urged federal lawmakers to transmit the constitutional amendments to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.
He also urged the President to assent the constitutional amendment bill especially the Age Reduction bill as soon as the bills are transmitted to him for assent.
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“Should the President delays or declines assent to the bill, we call on the National Assembly to veto the President,” he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported on Thursday February 15, history was made in Nigeria as the age reduction bill popularly referred to as the Not Too Young To Run bill received affirmative votes from twenty-five (25) state assemblies.
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