- The high cost of political parties' nomination forms ahead of the 2019 elections has been condemned by members of the Not-too-Young-to-Run movement
- The group said the high cost will make youths and qualified politicians to shelve their ambitions
- It suggested the cost for nomination forms should not exceed N2 million for the presidential aspirant, N1 million for governorship aspirant
Members of the Not-too-Young-to-Run movement in Gombe state have accused some state governors of working to frustrate the leadership ambition of the youths by hijacking the sale of nomination forms.
According to them, the governors were hell-bent on edging out the youths from vying for elected public offices by making the expression of interest and nomination forms exorbitant and out of their reach.
A co-convener of the movement, Hamzat Lawal, said this in Gombe state at a press conference organised by the movement, Punch reports.
Lawal decried the high cost of the expression of interest and nomination forms for the 2019 general elections being sold by political parties in the country.
The high costs of the forms, according to him, will make youths and qualified politicians to shelve their ambitions.
He said the whole idea of paying an exorbitant rate for nomination form smacked of a grand conspiracy to keep the system only for the moneybags and shut out those with less financial muscle.
“The movement notes, with concern, the announcement on the cost of nomination forms by various parties which presents a major impediment to youth participation in politics," he said.
He recommended that the cost for nomination forms by various parties should not exceed N2 million for the presidential aspirant, N1 million for governorship aspirant, N600,000 for senatorial aspirants, N400,000 for House of Representatives and N200,0000 for state House of Assembly.
He, however, lauded the leadership of some political parties that had reserved tickets for young men and women with character, capacity and competence.
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Last month, members of the Not Too Young To Run movement marched to the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja.
They asked the parties to reserve 298 tickets out of the available 900 tickets for the Houses of Assembly election nationwide and 109 tickets out of the available 360 tickets for the House of Representatives elections nationwide.
They also demanded the parties to prescribe and enforce spending limits for party nomination fees and charges and cost for nomination of young candidates.
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