– The largest gathering of young politicians in Nigeria will soon be held
– The event is an initiative of the Not Too Young to Run Movement
– The Movement says it will continue to advocate for further reduction in the age of eligibility and the cost of contesting for elective offices
The Not Too Young to Run Movement has concluded plans to host Nigeria’s largest gathering of young politicians ahead of the upcoming off-cycle elections in the country and the 2023 general elections.
This information was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng by the media unit of the movement on Wednesday, February 3.
The statement noted that in the months ahead, the movement will host The Convergence 3.0, Nigeria’s largest gathering of young women and men aspiring for public office in upcoming off-cycle elections and the 2023 general elections.
Part of the statement read:
“As we approach the 2023 elections, the Not Too Young To Run movement reaffirms that it will retain its identity as a non-partisan citizen-led movement dedicated to the growth of democracy, political inclusion, and transformative leadership.
“The Movement will not transition into a political party, neither will it endorse candidates during an election.
“The Movement further reaffirms its commitment to the campaign for political inclusion of youth, women, and People Living with Disabilities ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“The Movement will continue to advocate for further reduction in the age of eligibility and the cost of contesting for elective offices.
“We will also recruit, inspire, and support young women and men – across all ethnicities, creeds, and political parties – seeking public office through our Ready To Run platform.”
Similarly, civil society organisation, Yiaga Africa has called on government at all levels in Nigeria to ensure that their policies and decisions are youth and gender-responsive, saying there is a need for consistent engagement with the government not just at the federal level but at the state level.
Director of Programmes, Yiaga Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu said this during a Live Virtual Studio Citizens Townhall on Youth Responsive Service Delivery and Development organized by the organisation.
“We need to start engaging the state assembly to deliver on their mandate to meet the needs of the people and providing oversight to ensure that the executive is delivering on its mandate.”
Meanwhile, former Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has declared that the reason Nigeria tends not to be working at this moment is that many individuals in various offices were recruited based on sentiment.
Obi, a former vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, made the comment on Wednesday, January 13 when he commissioned a project in Rivers state.
“The reason Nigeria is not working today is that people have been recruited based on sentiments. Buhari’s aide insists FG is doing its best to tackle insecurity.
“If we have to recruit you to be local government chairman, governor, vice president, president, and minister, it must be based on capacity and competence, which are viable not what we are doing now and the country is collapsing.”