2023 Presidency: Atiku, Tinubu not too old to rule Nigeria – Segun Showunmi

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Segun Showunmi, has lashed those hammering on the ‘Not Too Young To Run Act’ to stop the participation of the elderly in politics, saying the likes of Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu are not too old to rule Nigeria.

Showunmi claims the ‘Not Too Young To Run Law’ does not mean the elderly must die, stressing that the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, is in his 70s.

DAILY POST reports that, while the former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tinubu has declared his ambition to run for the 2023 presidency; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was the candidate of the PDP in 2019, is still consulting.

But, there have been calls from Nigerians that the likes of Tinubu and Atiku should leave the political stage because of their ages.

In a statement made available to DAILY POST in Abeokuta on Monday, Showunmi recalled that “When President Buhari signed the Not Too Young To Run bill on 31st of May 2018, it was a welcome development as it lowered the age to give more access to those wanting to contest. I do not see any clause in it that says age is now a disease or an impediment to anyone aspiring to be anything in our country, Nigeria.”

The Ogun governorship aspirant said he had listened and watched with nauseating amusement, the fixation on age as the only parameter, especially to the high office of the presidency, “under some silly assumption that the presidency of Nigeria is a stone quarry where the occupant is expected to use Stone Age Tools to chip mountains into chips for building.”

His words: “Hello friends, get busy and come to the table with ideas and snap out of these bully tactics directed at the elderly. No one, and I repeat, no one, is stopping anybody from aspiring for any office of their liking. We do not have an age ceiling on eligibility to contest.

“I have seen wet trees die while the dry ones live much longer, the mortality experience of humans does not justify this lazy frenzy. Do the young not die just as much as the elders? Do the infirmities of health not affect all humans? I don’t get it.

“Thankfully each and everyone that is qualified is free to aspire. The reality of what the contest demands will manage the garrulousness of infantile lackeys of the kindergarten wannabes.

“So it is Waziri Atiku Abubakar or Asiwaju Bola Tinubu that these lots are hoping to bully of their ambitions with the screaming and shouting about age.

“Shall we not examine their scorecards on the assignments and opportunities granted them.

“We know those younger leaders that can bring something to the table, and we know the unstable over-ambitious office seekers who are simply deceiving themselves. Time will tell.

“Their story is like that of the leach that wants to kill the dog it feeds on, forgetting that once the dog dies, the leach will cease to exist.

“If Atiku Abubakar is often in the news while the consultation is still ongoing, I tell you again he will be one of the issues in the build-up to 2023.

“When nations are looking for leadership in a democracy, they look for who can get the job done. In our case, the demand is more, for we will be on a fool’s gambit to think the challenges the country faces is child’s play.”

Showunmi listed some of the challenges to include, the structure of the federation; high stake international renegotiation of debt obligations; putting together a team that accommodates the nation’s diversity as well as security.

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