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Oby Ezekwesili, Reuben Abati, Timi Dakolo join LEPAN to Demand Reduction in Age of Candidacy to contest Political Offices in Nigeria | Photos



Former Vice president of the World Bank, Obiageli Ezekwesili; former presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati; and soul singer Timi Dakolo were among hundreds of Nigerians who threw their weight on Wednesday behind a pledge to reduce the age of eligibility to run for public offices in Nigeria.

The signing of the pledge was the high point of the launch of the League of Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (LEPAN), a non-partisan, non-governmental organisation which seeks to promote youth interest, inclusion and participation in politics, policy and governance through advocacy and mobilisation.

Currently, the age of eligibility for key elective offices range from 30 to 40 years, ensuring that a huge population of capable young people are hindered by law from vying from office despite being in the majority.

At the event themed One Move which held on May 18th 2016, at the Ladi Kwali Event centre of the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja, the president of LEPAN, Adewunmi Emoruwa, vowed that the organisation will advocate for a reduction in the age at which a candidate is eligible to run for office, inter-generational equity and justice, inclusion of young people in decision making and empowering young people to lead.

Ezekwesili and Abati voiced strong support for the aims of the movement in their keynote addresses. In addition, there were four robust and highly engaging panel sessions focused on civil society, youths in power, media and mobilising for action.

Some of the guests and panelists at the event included Alkasim Abubakar (International Journalist), Pamela Ugwueze (Program Officer of the International Republican Institute), Stanley Azuakola (Editor, The ScoopNG), Tunji Lardner (WANGONET), Mercy Abang (Journalist and Publisher of Newswire NGR), and Tanko Yakassai (Founding Curator of the Economic Forum’s Global Shapers).

Others were Hamzat Lawal (CEO, Connected Development), Chioma Agwuegbo (Founder, TechHer NG), Ibrahim Faruk (YIAGA), Ojugo OnyelukachukwuJapheth Omojuwa (International Public Speaker and Blogger); Osasu Igbinedion (Host and Producer of the Osasu Show); Yecenu Sasetu (Journalist, Kiss FM) and Big Mo (Wazobia FM).

Also present were Sunday Ogidigbo, the senior pastor of the Holyhill church; Udengs Eradiri, the president of the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide; and Kingsley Bangwell, the director of Youngstars Foundation.

Timi Dakolo who featured in the media panel thrilled and energised the audience with a powerful rendition of his national hit, “Great Nation”.

The organization encourages all young people to get involved with the movement through their website,

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  1. Pee

    May 23, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Bella Naija, it’d be apt if you educate us on the age limits prescribed by the Constitution and the relevant sections for reference purposes. Stating these would have made this story complete for me. Your headline made me click on the story but 80 % of the story is made up of names of the persons that attended the event. Well, good for them. Publicity helps!
    Anyways, it’s a good move by the organisers of the event. We all need this for the development of our dear country. Let’s not just clamour for age but work on ourselves so that we can be fit nadir proper for the positions when the time comes.

  2. John

    May 23, 2016 at 10:27 am

    And I had all along wondered why we cannot have a Trudeau. I never knew it is embedded in our constitution that certain age category is barred from seeking higher offices. It is not often right to think that wisdom comes with old age. If this were to be true, then we won’t have the debacle that has been leadership in our country since independence. Just think it isn’t right to have old men (who are in the departure lounge of life) muck up things for a generation that will live longer & who would have to Iive with these mistakes not made by them. I am over sixty years, and retired.

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