The leadership of the Not Too Young to Run group has been told not to consider in bad good light, Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s using the auspicious occasion of meeting with young political aspirants to declare his presidential ambition.
Saraki’s spokesperson, Yusuph Olaniyonu in a statement said the Senate President’s declaration on Thursday at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, venue of the young politicians with leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was done in good faith and not to implicate the group as partisan.
He said that “it is true that the Not Too Young To Run leadership had no prior knowledge of the content of the Senate President’s remarks.
However, the announcement by the Senate President that he intends to throw his hat into the ring to contest for the Presidency was made in good faith to young PDP aspirants, partly as a symbolic act of encouragement.
“It was not the intent of the Senate President to put the group or its leadership in an invidious position. The Senate President appreciates the contribution of the group to the development of our democracy and will continue to work closely with young people across the country in order to make Nigeria a better place for all.
The group had on Thursday, after Saraki’s declaration distanced the body from the declaration, insisting that the town hall meeting of the group was not to promote youth candidacy and democratic party primaries.
Its coordinator, Samson Itodo said the movement scheduled three town hall meetings with the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties with the first holding on August 30, in Abuja with the leadership of the PDP.
“The movement expressed its disappointment with Senator Saraki for usurping a platform designed for young aspirants to dialogue with party leadership to advance his personal political ambition. We strongly condemn this act by the President of the Senate and dissociate ourselves from this political move.
“As noted earlier, the movement reaffirms its identity as a non-partisan citizen led movement dedicated to the defence of democracy, political inclusion and transformative leadership. The movement restates its commitment to sustain its engagement with political parties to ensure youth candidacy and democratic party primaries,” said Itodo.
The event had in attendance the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, Senator Bukola Saraki, and Udeh Okoye, the national youth leader of the party. It was also attended by young aspirants registered under the Ready To Run platform.