The African Democratic Congress (ADC), African Democratic Party (ADP), and the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) have ranked as the first three political parties, respectively, for nominating the highest number of youth candidates in different positions in the 2023 general elections.
The Labour party ranks 6th, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ranks 13th, while the All Progressive Congress (APC) ranks 15th.
This was revealed in a report published by Yiaga Africa under its #RunToWin Project supported by Voice.
The report identified 43.2% of youth candidates in the 2023 election as direct beneficiaries of the Not Too Young To Run Act.
It however noted the poor representation of young female candidates which amounted to a total of 11% of the overall youth candidates.
“Political parties nominated more youth candidates for legislative elections at the state level than executive or national assembly seats. For instance, State Assembly elections and House of Representatives elections recorded a high level of youth candidacy. 35.6% of candidates of State Assembly are youth, 21.6% for House of Reps and only 3.7% of candidates in the Senatorial elections are youth,” the report noted.
The report also noted that among the young candidates, 7 individuals representing 0.2% belong to persons with disabilities in the 2023 election.
The full report can be downloaded here.