Not Too Young To Run Law: No Second Term For Governors Above 60 – Ohanaeze Youths
Sequel to the signing of the not too young to run bill, the youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, said it will not support the re-election of any governor who is above 60 years in 2019.
The group, who commended President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the bill, explained that it has opened the democratic space for youths in Nigeria.
In a press statement signed by its National President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Comrade Obinna Achunye, the group disclosed that it has concluded plans to sponsor youths to contest for the governorship and legislative positions in the 2019 general elections in the South East zone.
The group further President Buhari to nominate a youth from South East as his running mate in 2019, and hand him over in 2023, stressing that such will endear him to Ndigbo.
“The signing into law of the not too young to run bill into law is a welcome development which has opened the democratic space for Nigerian youths. It will give political parties opportunities to field young credible candidates with fresh and vibrant ideas in 2019. Ohanaeze Youth council worldwide hereby declare that no governor above 60 years in the South East zone will be supported for re-election in 2019. We are calling for such political leaders to retire and rather support the youths. Ohanaeze Ndigbo youths will liaise with stakeholders to decide who occupy our government houses, Senate and House of Representatives positions in the south East in 2019.
“We also observed President Buhari begging the youths not to run against him in 2019, does it mean that Mr President knows that any youth running in 2019 will win? Do the governors, senators know this fact? We are calling for youths to be given a chance in governance.
“Igbo youths will meet and decide on the not too young bill to run bill in the forthcoming Igbo youth town hall meeting organize by Ohanaeze Ndigbo youths by august 2018, it is expected that many Igbo youths will run for governors and national assembly elections in 2019. And any governor above 60 should be losing sleep over 2019 election.”
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