The Not To Young To Run Movement in Gombe state has taken a swipe at political parties in the country over the high cost of forms for expression of interest and nomination for the 2019 general elections.
Gombe Youth Movement decries high cost of parties’ nomination forms
A national leader of the movement expressed their disappointment during a press conference in Gombe the state capital. It said the high cost of the forms would make youths and qualified politicians to shelve their ambitions.
According to him, the whole idea of paying exorbitant rates for nomination forms smacks of a grand conspiracy to keep the system only for the moneybags and shut out those with less financial muscle.
He said, “The movement notes with concern the announcement on the cost of nomination forms by various parties which presents a major impediment to youth participation in politics.”
Hamzat also decried the manner in which some state governors hijacked the process of the sale of nomination forms to thwart the aspirations of young aspirants and perceived political enemies.
The group advised that the cost of nomination forms by various parties should not exceed N2 million for presidential aspirants, N1 million for governorship, N600,000 for senatorial, N400,000 for house of representatives and N200,000 for state assembly forms.
The group, however, appreciated the leadership of the various political parties that have reserved party tickets for young men and women with character, capacity and competence as well as parties that have adopted open, transparent and direct party primaries in the candidate selection process.
The group also urged political parties and their candidates to engage in issues-based campaigns and shun comments that could incite their followers during campaigns.
They called on the people to use the period of the campaign to assess the candidates and also shun any form of financial inducement from the candidates or their agents.
The movement said it has concluded plans to host a public dialogue series with political parties to address some concerns relating to the candidate selection process in parties.