APC lauds Buhari over assent to Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill into law.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the party noted that the President’s position was in line with its manifesto, in which promised to provide the opportunities for youths to realise, harness and develop their full potentials and to facilitate the emergence of a new generation of citizens committed to the sustenance of good governance and service to the people and the country.
The party also hailed the efforts of the Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, under whose leadership the Bill was passed in the National Assembly.
APC further congratulated the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), Youngstars Development Initiative (YDI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), who partnered to launch the “Not Too Young To Run” (NTYTR) campaign.
It believed the massive support the Bill received, particularly from APC members in the National Assembly, speaks volume of the progressive ideals the party continues to identify with and champion, irrespective of partisan considerations and interests.
It stated: “This is indeed a major milestone in advocacy efforts to ensure increased participation and inclusion of marginalised groups, in this case, the youth in Nigerian politics. The youth comprise roughly half of the Nigerian population; it is only right that they take their rightful place within party leadership structures and elective positions at all levels.
“We are confident that the new law will inspire a new thinking among many Nigerian youths pertaining to their roles in elections and politics.
“Youths should not be used as disruptive elements, thugs and social media mobs; it is possible for young people to lead politically and occupy elective positions.
“Our party is happy to share this victory with all Nigerians who desire to see a better future for our youths.
“However, we probably needs to be remind the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it is still a minority in the in the National Assembly.”
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