Coalition of CSOs canvasses passage of elective position age reduction bill
The participants also endorsed the issue of independent candidacy aspect of the bill, which is sponsored by a member of the House of Representatives, Tony Nwulu.
The meeting held at the instance of the Programme Director of Development Dynamics (DD), Jude Ohanele, a teacher at the Imo State University, Sam Ezeanyika, among other civil society groups, welcomed the bill, calling for extreme lobbying, advocacy and sensitization at the grassroots.
Ohanele, said the bill ‘An Act to alter the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and for other matters connected therewith’, about persons seeking to peg (miminum) elective offices at the age of 30, in the case of the presidency, governorship and senate; age of 25, in the case of the House of Representatives, amending section 65 (2), referred to as ‘Alteration Bill, 2016’, was in order.
He said the proposal for anyone seeking to be elected into the State House of Assembly at the age of 25, was also proper, stressing that in the developed countries, young ones at their youthful ages, performed creditably in their offices.
He also maintained that the independent candidacy of the bill should equally be passed. Speaking, Ezeanyika, an International Relations teacher, said he did not find anything wrong in such bill, despite his age above youthful age, noting that his interactions with students for over 17 years at the university environment, has exposed him to potential leadership qualities of many young promising ones to tasks over headship of the nation at various positions, urging members of the National Assembly at Upper and lower legislative chambers to pass it for it to become law.