One of the major topics of discussion in the polity is the forthcoming 2023 elections as Nigerians strategize how to take active part in the exercise.
However, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who is a top Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, advised Nigerian youths not to contest in the 2023 elections. He specifically said that the youths should not contest the presidential election at all in 2023. Saraki stated this when he had one one one interaction with some Nigerian youths. This article will discuss three vital revelations Saraki made to back up his stand on why Nigerian youths should not contest in the 2023 presidential election.
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One, it is already too late to make any impact. This is the first thing Saraki revealed. By this, it means that there is no time for a youth who is a new entrant for the presidential race to make the necessary preparations, build networks, set up teams and build alliances as well as impress the Nigerian electorate. Most of the people aspiring for the post are top politicians, former Governors, past Presidents, top ranking Senators and other money bags who are accomplished businessmen from the industry. Many of them started working towards their presidential ambition 20 or even more years ago.
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Two, the system is too rigid. Saraki simply disclosed that the political system is too rigid to allow youths the chance to run. In this case, it means that political parties may not like to give their tickets to the youths. They would prefer giving tickets to older, more experiences and richer people with wide experiences including political experience. Most of the parties see youths as greenhorns and people that may change the status quo which will not benefit the old people that are enjoying the system the way it is now. Again, he pointed out that any youth that can make it will be ready to lose his values and get corrupted by the system. That tells one what goes on in the political system. It is not as rosy as some people think. Saraki advised Nigerian youths against taking that risk at a time like this.
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Three, the youths lack the resources to fund their campaign. This point is a very vital and interesting one. To Saraki, he already knows that funding a presidential election in a country like Nigeria is simply capital intensive. After all, top politicians who are billionaires still depend on support and fundraising from their political parties, party members, independent financiers and other interested parties who want to put in their money. With that, they will be able to raise huge amount of money to fund the campaigns.
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It will be very hard for a youth to use all his life savings and the little money his friends may raise for him or her to contest for president. Yet, that person is contesting in an election that he/she is not sure of winning especially when the process may be manipulated by the more powerful force(s) in the race.
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