The NotTooYoungToRun Campaign, has distanced the movement from the declaration by the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, to run for office of the President, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). A statement signed by the movement and made available to LEADERSHIP Friday yesterday stated that whilst addressing participants at a town hall meeting, Senator Saraki declared his intention to run for the office of the President in the 2019 elections.
The statement read “The movement wishes to express its disappointment with Senator Saraki for usurping a platform designed for young aspirants to dialogue with party leadership to advance his political ambition. We strongly condemn this act by the President of the Senate and dissociate ourselves from this political move.” The statement recalled that “As part of efforts to promote youth candidacy and Democratic Party primaries, the Not Too Young To Run movement commenced a series of public town hall meetings with the leadership of political parties and young aspirants to address the challenges faced by young aspirants in securing party tickets.” The statement revealed that the movement scheduled three town hall meetings with the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties. The first dialogue held today August 30, 2018 in Abuja with the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“As noted earlier, the movement reaffirms its identity as a non-partisan citizen led movement dedicated to the defense of democracy, political inclusion and transformative leadership. The movement restates its commitment to sustain its engagement with political parties to ensure youth candidacy and Democratic Party primaries” the statement added
Recall that the young aspirants in a series of advocacies had advocated for reduction in the cost of party nomination forms and requested the party to uphold internal democracy in the conduct of party primaries. In his response, the Chairman of the PDP assured the young aspirants of their support for youth candidacy in the forthcoming primaries.
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