By Abdullateef Aderemi Fowewe
The active Nigeria youth in politics, a Nation building also Representative of Kwara Central in the 5th Nigerian Youth Parliament (NYP) Assembly, Hon. Ibraheem Abdullateef Egghead urges the APC, PDP and others political parties leaders to cut nomination from fees for Nigeria youths in this coming election by 60%.
He said we have seen in the past few months a great ideal of debate over the amendment of the electoral act. Regardless of one’s political leaning, it’s the most patriotic thing to support to strengthen our democracy.
I appeal and urge President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to find a common ground in bringing the bill to life urgently, Egghead said.
He stated further that there is one more thing for young Nigerians to make a priority as we’re moving closer to the 2023 elections, the crazy fees for nomination forms. It’s uneconomical, undemocratic, a stumbling block to the national agenda for inclusion and peace.
This must form a strong discussion point for the political parties, media, CSOs, and other stakeholders.
Moreover there should be reductions in these fees for aspirants under 35 years below from the bottom office to the top. It should be reviewed now. No party must retain those crazy tables from 2019.
For clarity, both the APC and PDP constitution gives women’s 50% cut, but they continue to alienate the youths. Youths especially, should get at least 60% reduction.
It’s time to put real action to the agenda of youths inclusion in politics and leadership.
After the historic success of “Not Too Young To Run” which made electoral offices attainable age wise, the most pressing and patriotic electoral space affordable. After the general elections in 2019, only 8. 6% (68 members) of 991 seats in the 36 State House of Assemblies and 6.8% out of 360 members of the House of Representatives were under 35 and below.
He added that this needs to go way up, Nigerian youths demand inclusion from political parties in one voice now.