Senate President, Bukola Saraki, declared on 30th August, at a #NotTooYoungToRun conference, that he will be running for the office of the president in the 2019 general elections, under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party.
This news, coming at an interesting political time, was welcomed by many youth.
I have decided to answer the call of teeming youth who have asked me to run for President. Accordingly, I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. #GrowNigeria pic.twitter.com/t2G2snD24I
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) August 30, 2018
Not Too Young To Run Movement
“In Nigeria, the #NotTooYoungtoRun campaign has embarked on a mission to address age discrimination in candidacy for the legislative and executive branches, and serves as inspiration for the global campaign.”
The #NotTooYoungToRun Movement supports and advocates for the rights of young people to run for public office, believing that age discrimination hinders democracy and full participation in government.
In May 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Not Too Young To Run bill into law, reducing the age requirement for president from 40 to 30, and for House of Representative and State House of Assembly memberships from age 35 to 30.
Also, on the 30th of August, Fela Durotoye, 47 years of age, emerged as he consensus candidate for PACT (Presidential Aspirants Coming Together).