*** Peg Age limit for specific offices
By ANDREW ESSIEN ABUJA
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Youths under the aegis of the Progressive Youth Movement have made case for their inclusion in all levels of governance, and prominently too.
The youth group position is coming against the backdrop of the decision by President Muhammadu Buhati to extend the tenure of the Buni led caretaker committee by at least six months.
The youth group insisted that whoever will emerge the national chairman and secretary of the party should not be over the age of 65 and 50 years respectively .
They also demanded that the positions of youth leader, organising secretary , national auditor , financial secretary, treasurer , publicity secretary , women leader, welfare secretary be occupied by members under the age of 45 years.
The youth group further demanded that all deputy, vice positions be allotted to members below the age of 45 years.
At a news conference at the national secretariat of the party, APC’s National Youth Leader, Ismaeel Ahmed who underlined the need for youth inclusion in party activities and governance of the country demanded for a reduction in the price of nomination forms for young people below the age 40 to at least 70% of the amount stated.
The youth leader enjoined the leadership of the party to fix the age of 35 or below for all counsellorship seats to be contested for under the party, except where such person does not exist or does not have the requisite qualification.
He added: “Young people under the age of 45 should be encouraged and supported by the party to hold Chairmanship seats at the Local Government Council level in all the states of the federation
“The State Houses of Assembly seats should be pegged at 45 as well to infuse energy and direction at the state legislature.
“At the Party level young men and women should be encouraged and be given preference to run for every office especially those of deputies should be set aside for youths and women only, perhaps with the exception of the Office of Deputy Chairmen which shall be opened to everyone.
“There should be a directorate of Information Technology who shall always facilitate technological advancement in the activities of the party.”