High Cost Of Nomination Forms, A Barrier For Youth Participation In Politics
(Watch) Making a case for young aspirants ahead of #NigeriaDecides2019 perticualy as political parties makes cost of nomination and expression of interest forms expensive ~ https://t.co/omeIO6l2l0 #NotTooYoungToRun
— CODE (@Connected_dev) September 12, 2018
President of the forum, Yerima Shettima, stated this while briefing reporters yesterday at the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State.
The high cost of the nomination forms totally contradicts the #NotTooYoungToRun bill. How many Nigerian youths can afford these nomination forms. Y'all old cowards are only playing yourselves …………..@OfficialPDPNig @OfficialAPCNg @MBuhari @ProfOsinbajo
— Christian Kelechi (@udochukwuchris) September 12, 2018
He alleged that the cost of the forms was a deliberate plot to shut out the youths from seeking election for political offices since they cannot afford the amount of money required. Shettima who is also a PDP aspirant for the House of Representatives called on the political parties to find a way of making the electioneering process affordable for the younger generation.
He told reporters after submitting his forms at the PDP secretariat that the level of socioeconomic and security devastation in the country was on a high side.
The forum leader, however, said the group was working with the Northern Elders Forum to search for an alternative candidate from the region in the 2019 presidential election.
He stressed the need to change the All Progressives CongressAPC(APC)-led government in the forthcoming polls.
According to Shettima, there has not been any meaningful development in the country since the inception of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.