The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has reacted to the position of NotTooYoungToRun# statement regarding his presidential declaration on Thursday, August 30, 2018.
The Senate President said his allusion to the group was not out of invidious position but to highlight their contribution to the growth of democracy in Nigeria.
The Not Too Young to Run group had issued a statement in relation to the announcement made by the President of the Senate whilst addressing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members and aspirants of the group on Thursday during his presidential declaration.
A statement signed by his spokesman, Yusuf Olaniyonu, said the occasion was first in a series of Dialogues organised by the Not Too Young To Run along Party lines.
The first one is for young PDP aspirants, the statement said, and the subsequent ones are designed for the APC and other parties.
“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,” Saraki explained.