The National Publicity Secretary of the, Party Malam Bolaji Abdulahi, who issued the statement said the APC has promised to provide opportunities for youths to realise, harness and develop their full potentials.
“This is indeed another promise kept by the president during his 2018 Democracy Day address and in our 2015 APC election manifesto,” he said.
He disclosed that the essence of this law was to encourage young people to assume position of power, and to build new generation of citizens committed to the sustenance of good governance and service to the people and the country generally.
He commended the efforts of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, under whose leadership the bill was passed in the National Assembly and forwarded for presidential assent.
Abudullahi further congratulated the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), Youngstars Development Initiative (YDI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) who partnered to inaugurate the “Not-Too-Young-To-Run campaign.
“We believe the massive support the bill received, particularly from APC members in the National Assembly, speaks volume of the progressive ideals the party continues to identify with and champion, irrespective of partisan considerations and interests.
“This is indeed a major milestone in advocacy efforts to ensure increased participation and inclusion of marginalised groups, in this case the youth in Nigerian politics,” he said.
Abdullahi, however, said that it was unfortunate that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had chosen a moment of victory for the country’s youths to be a “kill-joy”.
He accused the party of engaging in “ pettiness and unnecessary divisive politics’’ over the bill’s sponsor in the National Assembly.
“Our party is happy to share this victory with all Nigerians who desire to see a better future for our youths.
“However, we probably need to remind the PDP that it is still a minority in the National Assembly,” he said.