Fayose Reacts To Senate’s Approval Of #NotTooYoungToRun Bill [READ DETAILS]
Governor Ayodele Fayose, the Executive Governor of Ekiti state has spoken over the step taken by the Nigerian Senate to pass the NotTooYoungToRun bill,
placing Nigerians at age 30 and 35 to contest for Governorship and Presidency respectively.
Although, Governor Fayose praised the gesture of the Upper Chamber in trying to make the youths to participate in Nigerian politics but he also called for a total removal of age limit aside the voting age of 18 years as stipulated in the constitution.
This was contained in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti by his Special Assistant on Public Communications
and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
Fayose said, “If a Nigerian who is 18 years can vote, such a person should also be qualified to be voted for and whether or not such a person can be elected should be left in the hands of the electorate.
“Most importantly, age is not a barrier to intellectual capability and that has been (seen) in most countries led by young people. Here in Nigeria, General Yakubu Gowon was Head of State at 32.
“There is no nation that can develop without giving its youths (the) opportunity to serve. There is nothing wrong in a 30-year-old contesting for (the position of the) President not to even talk of (a) 35-year-old because the future of Nigeria belongs to the youth.”