By Ismaila Chafe
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed into law, the `Not Too Young To Run Bill’.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while signing the bill, the president, on a lighter mood, ‘appealed’ to young people to defer their presidential ambition till after the 2019 general elections.
It would be recalled that President Buhari had on Tuesday in his Democracy Day broadcast, pledged to sign the bill.
The bill was passed by the National Assembly in July 2017 to alter Sections 65, 106, 131, 177 of the Constitution to reduce the age qualification for president, from 40 to 30; House of Representatives membership, from 30 to 25 and State House of Assembly membership, from 30 to 25.
President Buhari, however, noted that the new bill did not tamper with the age qualifications for governor and the senate, which remained at 35.
He congratulated the young people over the signing of the bill, and urged them to be more enterprising and self-sustaining.
The PDP, in its response to the new law via a tweet, however said its members at the National Assembly were the ones who worked for it and deserved to claim credit for it.
The tweet says: ‘’The attempt by President @MBuhari and his failed Party, the @APCNigeria to take credit for the ‘Not Too Young to Run Act”, which was sponsored and pursued by the PDP members in @nassnigeria and state houses of assembly is criminal and totally unacceptable.’’