BREAKING: Senate Passes Bill For Nigerians To Run FOR President At 35, Governor At 30

The ‘Not Too Young To Run’ campaign which has been making rounds in the media for a while now has finally recorded a huge success as the Nigerian Senate approves the bill for age to contest Presidency to be as low as age 35 and governorship at 30.

At the plenary session today, 86 Senators voted in support of the bill seeking the reduction in age for elective offices, while 10 voted against and one Senator abstained.

To note, the ages for Presidency and Governorship were formerly 40 and 35 years respectively, as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Not only this, the bills also allows Nigerians to contest for legislative offices at the age of 25 at any both state and federal levels.

Significantly, the bill will become effective when 24 state assemblies approve it and the presidential assent is secured.

Chidi Odinkalu, former chairman human rights commission and an ardent supporter of the bill, had said in Abuja on Tuesday that the future of the country is in the hands of the youth.

He said the country could not afford to lose such legislation.

“We are in a country with the median age of 19 but people who want to save Nigeria’s unity have an average
age of over 60,” Odinkalu earlier said.

“Who are they saving the country for? People are being invited across the country as leaders of thought, who are
they thinking for? At our age, average age of the Nigerian youth given our life expectancy, we are already in the
middle age and life expectancy for women is 51 and falling, for men, it’s 49 and falling.

“So, if you are in your 20s, you are in your middle age. People like me are already in injury time and people like us should be seeking to replace ourselves with the kind of people who are leading the Not Too Young to Run movement.

“Because we are going to die and life expectancy is short, we must replace ourselves with better people,
when I look at young Nigerians I’m reassured that this country has a future. That is one promising thing about
us.”

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