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House Moves To Bar 7O-Year-Old Lawmakers From Contesting Elective Positions     

Funsho Akinwale

The lawmakers at the Green Chamber have begun moves to bar politicians who are above 70 from contesting elections into public offices in the country.

Honourable Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the Deputy Chief Whip is behind the bill, which seeks to amend relevant sections of the 1999 Constitution. This will checkmate the age and educational qualifications of politicians.

The Explanatory Memorandum of the proposed legislation reads:

“Bill seeks to amend Sections 65(2)a, 106(c), 131(b) and 131(d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) by raising the educational qualifications required for election into the offices of the President, National and State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria.

“The bill proposed an amendment to Section 65(2a) of the Principal Act by substituting the words ‘School Certificate’ with ‘Higher National Diploma’ and ‘First Degree’ immediately after the words ‘at least.’”’

The bill is presently under the scrutiny of the Special Ad-hoc Committee on Constitution Review, chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Honourable Idris Wase, for further legislative action