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Donald Duke, Dayo Israel, others call for independent candidacy in Nigerian politics

Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River has called for independent candidacy in the Nigerian electioneering process.

He expressed this notion while speaking at the Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders held at the Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Mr. Duke highlighted the need to review the Nigerian Constitution regarding independent candidacy in order to encourage young and competent Nigerians to run for political office.

“Nigeria’s democracy is growing, but the country will fare better if young Nigerians play active roles in determining governance. The situation in Nigeria will not change unless the youths are actively invested in moving the country forward. Youths need to stop asking for things and start making demands,” Duke said.

Supporting his position, Ambassador Dayo Israel, Chairmanship Aspirant for Lagos Mainland, emphasised that young and versatile Nigerians have important roles to play in the long-term development of the nation.

“A system that consciously subverts merit, competence, ability, capacity and hard work cannot progress,” Israel said. “This is the tragedy of the Nigerian system, and if our democracy must grow, we must ensure internal democracy and independent candidacy form a part of our electoral process. Africa must open its space to emerging leaders.”

Powered by The Future Project in partnership with National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Y!/, the Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders brings together leaders in politics, business, media, and more to discuss issues and challenges of open government and active citizenship.

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