Ekweremadu moves for removal of age barrier for political offices.


The deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu has raised point for a change in the political system of Nigeria by calling for the removal of age barriers in holding political posts in the country.

The statement was released by his media special adviser on Thursday,25th of May, in Abuja.

Ike Ekweremadu who happens to be the deputy Senate president has moved a motion for the whole removal of age barriers for contesting for political posts in the country.
He mentioned that the electorates should be allowed to make select based on their profiling of the ability and capability of  willing contestants.

According to the statement, the deputy Senate president raised the point upon a courtesy visitation by the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA).

He said: “We have just acknowledged the young man, Emmanuel Macron, who is now the President of France. We believe it can also happen here in our country; and we believe that with education and exposure, people can achieve a lot at a very young age.

“Therefore, while many Nigerians are calling for a reduction in the age barrier, it is actually my strong and personal opinion that there should be no age barrier in terms of running for political offices or holding executive positions.

“I know and I believe too, that sovereignty belongs to the people and they exercise this sovereignty through the ballot box. If they desire to vote in a very young person so be it. That is their choice and that is what sovereignty is all about.”

He further said that the youth remains the nation’s greatest resource.

He praised the group stating that as more youths are getting actively involved in politics shows that our nation’s democracy is progressing.

According to reports gathered from NAN, the group’s programme director, Miss Cynthia Mbamalu had earlier made a soliciting call for the support of the Senate to amend the constitution seeking to merge the voting age of 18 years with the eligibility to grapple for political posts in Nigeria.

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