Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has hailed the signing of the ‘Not Too Young to Run Bill’, into law on Thursday by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday in Abuja, the party described the new law as a victory for the Nigerian youths and admonished the younger generation to take advantage of it.
The statement read: “The party also commended the sponsor of the bill, Hon. Tony Nwulu (PDP, Lagos) and other legislators who supported the processes to reality.
“We also commend the resilience of the Nigerian youths in getting the initiative through, in line with the vision of the PDP to allow younger Nigerians to actively participate in elective positions in governance at all levels, he said.
According to Ologbondiyan, the PDP had before the passage of the bill, launched a movement it called, ‘Generation Next Movement,’ targeted at preparing the Nigerian youth for elective positions ahead of the general elections in 2019.
His words: “In line with the ‘Generation Next Movement’, the rebranded PDP, among other pro-youth incentives, had approved certain critical clauses and waivers so that the young people will actively vie for positions in the 2019 general elections.
“In line with our dream of providing enabling environment for youth participation in elections and governance, the PDP, after winning in 2019, will further lower the age qualification to entrench our vision that ‘whoever can vote can be voted for’, which is a global standard.
“The PDP, therefore, urged the Nigerian youths to immediately take advantage of the Generation Next platform and incentives already established by the repositioned PDP to actively participate in the collective quest to rescue our nation from the APC,” he said.
Ologbondiyan further counseled the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and President Buhari not to present themselves as the initiators of the Act as the bill was sponsored by members of the PDP in the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly.