By Todimu Ogunade
Youths in Ondo state, yesterday, joined their counterparts in twenty two other states to campaign for the speedy passage of not too young to run bill currently in the National Assembly.
The youths in their hundreds, drawn from across the eighteen local government areas of the state, gathered at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Oba Adesida/Oyemekun axis of the state capital where the rally kick started.
Comprising of students, artisans and the physically chellenged and a kick off time of 9:00a.m, the youth advocates took half the day walking in solidarity to the ondo state house of assembly.
Dressed in a uniform branded white T-shirt navigated through the High Court road and NEPA area and finally to the destination.
The #NotTooYoungToRun bill which is in the second reading at the upper chamber of the National Assembly, when passed, will reduce the constitutional age requirement for running for elective offices in Nigeria.
Among other things, it will 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.
On what the rally seeks to achieve, the Coordinator Obatola Jonathan explains, “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 in Ondo State is in support of the bill being considered in the National Assembly.”
While speaking with SUNSHINE HERALD, one of the participants, Adesuwa Yetunde regreted the constitution of Nigeria, saying, “The Nigerian constitution is not youth friendly.
“The reason being that other African countries do not have a policy where you can contest only when you are 30 years hence the age reduction should be targeted to 25 years of age.
“We want to implore our law makers to help support this bill so that youths can be active in running for election without any political party,” she submitted.
Another participant, Remi Daramola said, “About twenty two states mostly Northern states have implemented theirs and Ondo state will not be left out.”
The youths were received at the House of Assembly by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Olusegun Ajimotokin and the Minority Leader, Sola Ebiwonjumi.
The lawmakers promised the youths that the House will look into bill and give its input when needed.