The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as degrading and completely unacceptable, a statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerian youths should not contest for President in the 2019 election.

Buhari, while signing the Not Too Young To Run Bill, had appealed to the youth movement to ''postpone their campaigns” until after 2019.

The President had said, “Please, can I ask you to postpone your campaigns till after the 2019 elections!”

In reaction to the remark made by the President, the PDP described the plea “as totally unpresidential, unlawful, discriminatory and further showcases the disdain with which the President holds the youths, who he had earlier described, without apologies, as lazy and lovers of freebies.”

In a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary in Abuja on Friday, the main opposition party stated: “We want Nigerians, particularly, the youths, to note that President Buhari’s position reflects the policy of his dysfunctional All Progressives Congress (APC), not to allow our youths the opportunity to aspire at top levels.

“President Buhari and the APC have been using all manner of machinations to frustrate frontline participation of the youths and, of course, the women in active politics and governance.

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“It is unimaginable that a President can sign a law and immediately seek to suspend it. President Buhari’s attempt to talk down on and intimidate the youths from contesting against him in 2019 shows that he is not in support of the Not Too Young To Run law and only assented to it because he had no other option under the 1999 Constitution (as Amended).

“We, therefore, urged Nigerians to be alert and wary of booby traps as well as land mines that the APC and the Presidency will set on the way to scuttle the quest for our youths to fully participate and aspire in our democratic process.

“On our part, the PDP insists that the Nigerian youths have come of age; and are free, under all circumstances, to contest for any position, including the office of President, even in the 2019 general election.

“In 2019, when the re-branded PDP is returned to power as the vehicle of good governance and economic prosperity, our party will further encourage the amendment of our electoral laws to enable any Nigerian that can vote the right to stand for elections.”

The PDP, therefore, called on all Nigerian youths to note that President Buhari and the APC have nothing to offer them and the nation at large. They should, therefore, spare no thoughts in jettisoning all support for President Buhari and the APC in their 2019 reelection bid.

“As we march to 2019, the PDP charges all Nigerian youths to come together and rally on our repositioned platform and give vent to their wishes and aspirations, within the circle of our collective task, to rescue our nation from the misrule of the APC,” the PDP declared.

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