- The PDP is set to grant a waiver to aspirants who are 35 years and below ahead of the next general elections
- The recommendation was signed by the chairman national reconciliation committee, Bukola Saraki in a letter dated Thursday, March 25
- The opposition party explained that the move is aimed at easing the burden of youths participating in the country's political process
Aspirants under the age of 35 seeking to contest for elective positions on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should be exempted from the payment of nomination fees, according to the party's National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee (NRSC).
Vanguard reports that the recommendation from the opposition party was contained in a letter signed by the chairman of the National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee (NRSC), Dr. Bukola Saraki.
The committee in a letter dated Thursday, March 25, and addressed to Prince Uche Secondus, the PDP national chairman, noted that the recommendation is following the meeting held with the party’s national youth leader and other young people across the nation.
The implication of this waiver means that any aspirant below the age of 35 years, will get the party's nomination form at no cost, however, he or she will be required to pay the Expression of Interest fee.
According to the Saraki-led committee, this move is aimed at easing the burden on youths participating in the political process, Nigerian Tribune reports.
The committee is of the opinion that this encourages the young people to positively utilise the new constitutional provisions on the age requirements for political office holders.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that some governors on the platform of the PDP have reportedly disagreed with the report of the Bala Mohammed-led committee which recommended that the party’s presidential ticket for 2023 be made open to all.
The committee led by Governor Mohammed of Bauchi state was charged with the responsibility of reviewing the party’s loss at the 2019 polls.
However, submitting its report recently, the committee recommended that the opposition party should not zone its 2023 presidential ticket to any zone.
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