State Lawmakers under the auspices of The Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly pledged their support to the passage of the #NotTooYoungToRun bill when it is transmitted to the State Houses of Assembly alongside Constitution Amendments passed by the National Assembly.
This was revealed in Abuja during an interactive session by the Conference of Speakers of the 36 State Houses of Assembly in Abuja with Civil Society Organizations on the Constitution Alteration bills passed by the National Assembly. The interactive Meeting organized by the Policy & Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) focused on how Civil Society Organization can engage State Houses of Assembly in the ensuring that the Constitution Amendments when transmitted to State Houses of Assembly is passed.
Alhaji Ismaila Kamba, the Chairman of the conference, in his opening remarks stated that in adopting the constitution amendment, State Assemblies would focus on the yearning and aspirations of Nigerians.
Speaking to Newsmen, the Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad the Speaker of Kwara State of Assembly, commended the advocates of the campaign for their organizing skill in mobilizing for a shared purpose in the state, and local government level. ‘If there is one bill that will pass, it is the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill.’
The #NotTooYoungToRun bill is reportedly transmitted to the State Houses of Assembly for approval. For it to become law, as stipulated in section 9 (3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, two-third (24) State Houses of Assembly will need to vote for it. We urge young people across the country to engage their State lawmakers to vote in support of the #NotTooYoungToRun bill.
The #NotTooYoungToRun bill seeks to alter Sections 65, 106, 131, and 177 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) to reduce the age of qualification for the office of the President, Governor, and House of Representatives from 40 to 35, 35 to 30, and 30 to 25 respectively. The reduction will take the age of candidacy State Houses of Assembly from 30 to 25. The Bills sponsored by Hon. Tony Nwulu, member representing Oshodi/Isolo constituency and Sen. Abdul-Aziz Nyako also seeks to mainstream independent candidacy into Nigeria’s electoral process.
On 26 July 2017, the Senate passed the #NotTooYoungToRun bill in the National Assembly, with an overwhelming majority (86-10) and on 27 July 2017 the bill was passed, again by a large majority (261-23), in the House of Representatives.