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FCT Elections: Young candidates solicit support

Ahead of the forthcoming Federal Capital Territory Area Council Election, Young candidates from different political parties have appealed for financial support to enable them to achieve their ambition

The candidates who made the call at the ‘’Run to Win’’ Town Hall Meeting organized by Yiaga Africa, in Abuja, also called for the availability of logistics for an easy campaign.

One of the Candidates Ms Juliet Isi-Ikhayele, of the African Democratic Congress, vying for Counsellorship advised that political parties put structures in place to assist youths and women to contest, stating that manpower is important in winning elections.

The Kwali Area Council Chairmanship candidate for Allied Peoples Movement Mr Daniel Amos noted that finance and other logistics involved were major constraints to youth’s participation in politics.

“We need all the support we can get, from our political parties, for safer campaign,  because one can’t campaign in the face of insecurity, we need parties to help in securing youths as they go about campaigning, as the area is prone to kidnapping”

The National Rescue Movement Chairmanship candidate for the Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC, Ms Mina Horsfall, called for party to support youths, women, and persons with disabilities to run for elections while appealing to security agencies to provide security support to ensure campaign safety.

The  Vice-Chairman, FCT, Peoples Democratic Party PDP,   Mr Mahmud  Muhammed, said the meeting would encourage more participation of youths and women in politics.

The Programme Manager, Governance and Development programme Yiaga Africa, Mr Ibrahim Farouk, explained that the event was a build up on the passage of the Not Too Young To Run law which is dedicated to supporting young women and men with competence, capacity and dedication to contest and win elections in Nigeria.

Reporting by Julian Osamoto, editing by Daniel Adejo.