Buhari, APC Administration Cannot Take Credit For The Bill – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the ‘Not Too Young to Run’ bill, stating that he and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) can not the take credit as they were the one who initiated it. The party made this known in a statement issued on Thursday.
Recall that NIGERIA NEWS reported that the President signed the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill into law inside the Council Chambers of State House Presidential Villa, in the presence of some invited youths across the county.
According to the PDP, the bill was “sponsored and pursued by its members in the National Assembly and state houses of assembly, so the presidency and the APC can’t take credit for it”.
“President Buhari had no input whatsoever in the bill; never showed any support or enthusiasm towards the initiative but had no option than to perform a mandatory statutory duty of assenting to the bill, given that it had already passed through the constitutionally required approval of two-third of states in the federation.”
The opposition party stated that the assent to the bill is a democratic victory for the Nigerian youth over forces, “particularly, the All Progressives Congress (APC), that had hitherto disdained and disregarded them as lazy and inconsequential but had to succumbed to the dictates of the law and pressure by the youth and the PDP.”
“The ‘Not too young campaign’ which is now global started in support of bills and motions moved by Tony Nwulu in the House of Representatives and AbdulAziz Nyako in the Senate,” it added.
Nwulu is a member of the PDP while Nyako is officially an Adamawa APC senator. He and his father, Murtala Nyako, ex-Adamawa governor, joined the APC from the PDP prior to 2015 general elections but are currently having a running battle with the APC governor in their state with rumours that they would return to the PDP.
The PDP commended the sponsor of the bill, Nwulu stating that, “a member of the house who represents PDP, Lagos and the resilience of the Nigerians youth in getting the initiative through, in line with the vision of the PDP to allow younger Nigerians to actively participate in elective positions in governance at all levels.”
“In line with the ‘Generation Next Movement’, the rebranded PDP among other pro-youth incentives, has since approved certain critical clauses and waivers so that the young people will actively vie for positions in the 2019 general elections.”
“In line with our dream of providing enabling environment for youth participation in elections and governance, the PDP, after winning in 2019, will further lower the age qualification to entrench our vision that ‘whoever can vote can be voted for’, which is a global standard.”