Youths in ondo state are set to join their counterparts in 20 other states who have held various rallies to campaign for the quick passage of the #NotTooYoungToRun bill.
The youths will converge at Cathedral area on Tuesday July 4th by 9a.m and march to the Ondo State House of Assembly to secure the commitment of Assembly to the passage of the #NotTooYoungToRun bill.
The Youths are expected to present a position paper stating the importance of the bill to the Speaker of the Assembly. According to the Coordinator, Jonathan, Obatola "the #OndoStateRally is an activity to engage the Ondo State House of Assembly on the need to support the bill. "The objective of the rally is to seek the attention of the public and that of Ondo lawmakers to support the bill. "The activity is designed to demonstrate that the large youth population is in support of the bill being considered in the National Assembly," he explained. #NotTooYoungToRun bill is a bill that seeks to reduce the constitutional age requirement for running for elective offices in Nigeria with the ultimate goal of promoting youth participation in the political process. The bill with gazette number HB. 544 seeks an alteration of Sections 65, 106, 131, 177 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) to reduce the age qualification for the Office of the President from 40 years to 30 years; Governor from 35 to 30; Senate from 35 to 30; House of Representatives from 30 to 25 and State House of Assembly from 30 to 25. The bill also seeks to maintain independent candidacy into Nigeria's electoral laws in order to strengthen and increase the competitiveness of the political process. Hon.Tony Nwulu, a member of the House of Representatives from Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency II of Lagos state had earlier sponsored the bill. The bill which has passed the first and second reading in the House of Representatives is now before the Committee on Constitution Review. The bill, also referred to as the Not Too Young To Run, was sponsored and presented to the senate plenary by Senator Abdulaziz Nyako of Adamawa Central Senatorial District on November 1, 2016 and has passed the first reading. As a constitutional amendment bill, it is expected that the bill will be sent to all the 36 state Houses of Assembly across the federation for concurrence. The #NotTooYoungToRun Campaign team made up of youth organizations drawn from different parts of the country under the aegis of Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) In the interim, over 20 states have organised a successful rally to support the bill.