The Bukola Saraki-led National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the party leadership to waive payment of nomination fees by young aspirants below 35 years.
The move, according to the committee, will motivate youths to participate in politics.
The Committee also advised the National Working Committee to immediately recommend to the National Executive Committee that the party constitution be amended to that effect.
“The implication of the recommendation on waiver of the nomination fees for youths aspiring to various offices means that where the party guidelines for instance demand that a gubernatorial aspirant pay N20m for nomination form and N1m for Expression of Interest form, any aspirant below the age of 35 years, will get the nomination form at no cost while they only pay the N1m Expression of Interest fee,” a letter addressed to Uche Secondus by the committee read.
“The measure is believed to be aimed at easing the burden of participation in the political process on the youths and encourage them to purposefully and positively utilise the new constitutional provisions on the age requirements for political office holders, otherwise called the Not Too Young to Run Bill.”