February 3rd, 2021

Press Release

On May 31st, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Not Too Young To Run (Age Reduction) Bill into law, which reduced the age requirement for contesting for the Office of the President, House of Representatives, and the State Houses of Assembly. The Act expanded the space for Nigerian youths to participate in the democratic process by contesting elective offices.

The 2019 elections witnessed an upsurge in the number of youth candidates and young elected legislators due to the Not Too Young To Run legislation and the renewed interest of young people in electoral politics. In addition to the rising number of young legislators, there are currently four State Houses of Assembly led by young people in Oyo, Plateau, Kwara, and Zamfara states as well as a good number of young persons serving as principal officers of State Houses of Assembly.

The Not Too Young To Run law is critical to achieving more inclusion for youth; young women, young men and young People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) who make up 52% of registered voters, yet constitute only 5% in elective offices across Nigeria. The Not Too Young To Run Movement believes that young Nigerians can transform governance in Nigeria in the same way as they have transformed sectors such as technology, arts and entertainment, and sports.

As we approach the 2023 elections, the Not Too Young To Run movement reaffirms that it will retain its identity as a non-partisan citizen-led movement dedicated to the growth of democracy, political inclusion, and transformative leadership. The Movement will not transition into a political party, neither will it endorse candidates during an election.

The Movement further reaffirms its commitment to the campaign for political inclusion of youth, women, and People Living with Disabilities ahead of the 2023 general elections. The Movement will continue to advocate for further reduction in the age of eligibility and the cost of contesting for elective offices.  We will also recruit, inspire, and support young women and men – across all ethnicities, creed and political parties – seeking public office through our Ready To Run platform.

In the months ahead, the Movement will  host The Convergence 3.0, Nigeria’s largest gathering of young women and men aspiring for public office in upcoming off-cycle elections and the 2023 general elections.

For more information, contact: nottooyoungtorun@yiaga.org

Signed.

Not Too Young To Run Movement