Towards 2019: Young Nigerians to watch out for- Part 1
In July 2017, the Not Too Young To Run bill that sought to give Nigeria’s teeming youth population a chance to contest for office was passed by the Nigerian National Assembly and currently being passed by the 36 states assemblies across the federation. Till date, 12 states have passed this bill and only Taraba state has rejected so far. For the bill to be passed into law, at least two-third of the states assemblies need to consent to it.
According to YIAGA (a civil society organisation advocating for the passage of the bill), the bill purports to alter Sections 65, 106,131 and 177 of the 1999 constitution to reduce the age requirement of the office of the president from 40 years to 30 years; Governor 35 years to 30 years; Senate 35 years to 30 years; House of Reps 30 years to 25 years and State House of Assembly 30 years to 25 years. The bill also seeks to mainstream independent candidacy into Nigeria’s electoral process as we have in developed societies.
As the bill journeys across the country in search of the mandatory endorsement from 24 states as well as presidential assent, several young people from across Nigeria are already working in its spirit and are preparing to run for office in 2019. We profile four of this exceptional youths who are inspired by the need to change the narrative of governance in Nigeria.
Jude Feranmi (JFK)
Jude Feranmi is the National Youth Leader of the KOWA party and a councillorship candidate for Ward 10, Ilesa East LGA. The 25 year old is a graduate of philosophy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State where his unique path saw him change his direction after studying pharmacy for four years. He merges active civil society experience with a passion for start-ups in his role as the principal co-founder of Foundi, an ecosystem for African startup founders seeking to network, learn and collaborate with other founders, investors and mentors.
JFK as he is popularly revealed the inspiration behind veering into politics in an interview on channels TV. In his words; “The only sector where you don’t seem to see young people making a difference is politics and that’s because we have not been able to veer into that sector and if you have young people in politics then the way they have made a difference in other sectors, then they would make a difference in it”.
Jude Feranmi with his hashtag #BelieveinBetter continues to push a message of fresh ideas and new hands in governance. You can follow him on Twitter @Judeferanmi.
Timi Olagunju is a technology lawyer, speaker and advocate of leadership and governance seeking to occupy a seat in the House of Representatives for the Ibadan North Constituency.
The Mandela Washington Fellow holds a law degree from the University of Ibadan and a certificate in the Science of Communication from the Graduate School of Communication, Amsterdam.
Timi Olagunju is constantly driving engagement through his campaign website. His personal profile, plans and community programs are displayed on the same website.
Through his platform, he reflects a long term plan fueled by passion, a commitment to building a new Nigeria through active participation in politics at the grassroots. He is committed to adding values and creating public wealth for all irrespective of background or status through parliamentary instruments. Visit votetimi/about for more details
With an impressive resume, big plans and a lot of passion, Timi Olagunju, @timithelaw on Twitter continues to drive engagement towards his quest for representation.
Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour
Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour popularly known as GRVLagos by his supporters who are predominantly the elite and professionals in various sectors is a man of many parts. A trained architect with degrees from top universities across three continents; the University of Nottingham; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Lagos. He is anti-GMO activist and a champion for affordable housing.
Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour was the chairmanship candidate of KOWA party in IKEJA LGA in the 2017 local government elections held in Lagos State. His political journey for 2019 is yet to be revealed but credible sources showed that GRVLagos is putting up strategies for either House of Assembly or House of representatives.
Revealing the reason behind his sojourn into the murky waters of politics, he says; ” I went into politics for (a) couple of reasons. One of the reasons is to tell people of my generation that it is possible to go into politics without a godfather, to show people of my generation that it is possible to enter politics and have integrity” Source
His twitter handle @GRVlagos, Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour continues to issue a call for us to make Nigeria great together.
Adamu Garba II
At just 35, Adamu Garba is the CEO of IPI Solutions Big Ltd, a hosting cloud computing company that deals in Information Technology, Data Mining and Protection. So what has led this young techprenuer to leave the comfort of business and seek the highest office in the country come 2019?
For Adamu Garba II, the irresistible desire to run for President in 2019 is driven by a need to; ” enable the economy to function, create a lot of skills acquisition training and job friendly policies to get our youthful population engaged and productive ” Source
Solomon Nzere is the content lead at YNAG
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