About 400 young candidates of various political parties are converging for a conference aimed at empowering them ahead of the 2019 general elections. The event opens today in Abuja.
Different speakers including young lawmakers from countries in Africa, leaders with inspiring stories, development partners, academics and civil societies would be speaking during the three-day event, which closes Wednesday evening.
The event tagged 'The Convergence: Power, Capacity, Politics' is an initiative of Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA Africa), the Not Too Young To Run movement, one of Nigeria's largest and most successful youth movement in recent times.
It is supported by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (UKAID).
According to organisers, the event which promises twelve talk sessions and six master classes is designed to equip young candidates with necessary tools for running effective political campaigns.
Samson Itodo, the convener of the 'Not Too Young To Run' movement, says the conference is a unique platform for young candidates to build their competence, network, share experiences and advocate for greater representation and credible 2019 elections.
"It is the largest gathering of youth candidates who are running for elective offices in the 2019 general election", Mr Itodo said in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES. "These young people have defied all odds to obtain candidature of their parties, we felt it was important to bring them together."
"The Convergence promises to inspire and empower them with the kind of skill sets they need to navigate this hostile political environment in Nigeria.