The Anambra Coordinator of the Take-Over 2019 Movement Youth group, Mr Chris Ofodile, has set an age benchmark for aspiring Presidential and Governorship candidates in the upcoming 2019 elections.
He said that any presidential candidate above 55 years of age in 2019 will not be accepted
In a statement made available to the press on Monday, Ofodile said “We demand for a president of Nigeria not more than 55 years and, that young leaders between the ages of 25 and 45 years be voted in as governors, senators and members of the House of Representatives.”
The coordinator pointed out that over the years the country has been characterized by hunger, joblessness, insecurity, fear, pain and strife with infrastructure in disrepair.
He said in spite of the despair among Nigerians occasioned by the leadership, the political elite had continued to revel in stupendous opulence.
He said: “No doubt, many other reasons can be adduced for our sad trajectory; chief of which is the conscious isolation of youths from the corridors of political power.
“In spite of the numerous achievement in all area of live, the youth are only engaged by the traditional political elite as mobilisers, personal assistants, and sometimes instruments of electoral malpractice.
“It is the desire of Youth Take-Over 2019 Movement to put a stop to this; we can begin to identify youths of quality character and integrity for higher positions,” ofordile stressed.
The Youth Take-Over group said its has been equipping its members to ensure that leaders between the ages of 25 and 45 emerged as governor, senators and house of representatives members.
He also appealed to Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra to graciously jump-start the process that would lead to the conduct of local government elections in the state