I won election with Not Too Young To Run Act — Oba Akiolu’s son

Kayode Akiolu, son of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, has said that he took advantage of the Not Too Young To Run Act to win the Lagos Island Federal Constituency II seat in the House of Representatives.

In an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, Akiolu said the Act opened the door for young people to seek elective positions.

He said: “In Nigeria today, more than half of our population are younger than 30. So, if we’re old enough to vote, we’re old enough to run for office too.

“That’s the idea behind the #NotTooYoungToRun. The campaign initially launched in support of Nigeria’s Age Reduction Bill.

”Signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 31, 2018, it has given young Nigerians like me the opportunity to serve my constituency and my nation.”

The Act, inter alia, enables 25-year-olds to contest seats in the National and State Assemblies.

The 38-year old prince added that the interest of his constituents would be uppermost in his agenda.

“I scored 12,988 votes to defeat the candidate of the PDP, Adamoh Olagbenga, who scored 4,345 votes; the people of my constituency longed for change to get me here and I won’t disappoint them. Being a young person and having confidence in me, their interest will be uppermost,” he said.