Fayose Praises National Assembly For Passing #NotTooYoungToRun Bill

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The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has commended the National Assembly for passing the bill to reduce the age limits for elective positions.

“If a Nigerian who is 18 years can vote, such a person should also be qualified to be voted for and whether or not such person can be elected should be left in the hands of the electorate,” the governor said in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr Lere Olayinka.

“Most importantly, age is not a barrier to intellectual capability and that has been in most countries led by young people. Here in Nigeria, General Yakubu Gowon was Head of State at 32.”

The governor, who gave the assurance that the Ekiti State House of Assembly will endorse the bill when presented to it, called on other state Houses of Assembly to endorse the bill, saying, “There is no nation that can develop without giving its youths the opportunity to serve.”

He added, “There is nothing wrong in a 30-year-old contesting for President not to even talk of 35-year-old because the future of Nigeria belongs to the youths.”

The governor also declared that he was already putting into practice provisions of the bill in Ekiti State, explaining that it is in recognition of the importance of youths’ involvement in governance that he restricted the age anyone can contest for councillor to between 18 and 40 years.
In praising the National Assembly for passing the bill, the governor, however, called for the removal of the age limit altogether.

“I salute the National Assembly for passing this very important bill that will enable young Nigerians to contest for President at 35, governor at 30 and House of Representative or State Assemblies at 25. But the National Assembly should have removed the age barrier completely,” the governor said.

The governor, who reiterated his resolve to enforce an age limit for local government positions, said, “This bill passed by the National Assembly has reinforced my position on the age limit for local council positions in Ekiti State.

“It is my position that our youths must be allowed to participate in governance since they are the ones who provide the largest votes during elections.

“Most importantly, the future belongs to the youths and I believe that they should be giving prominent roles in structuring that future which belongs to them.”

LIVE UPDATES: Reps Vote On Constitution Amendment

The House of Representatives is currently voting on amendments to the 1999 Constitution. This comes a day after the Senate did the same, rejecting the devolution of powers to states, while okaying autonomy for local governments and reducing the age limit for eligibility to run for political office.

There was a rowdy session in the House ahead of the commencement of voting, but order was restored and voting commenced around midday.

See major decisions taken so far below:

12:19 PM: Deputy Speaker, who is the chairman of the special ad-hoc committee on the review of the constitution, gives a summary of the bills to be considered.

12:35 PM: First bill on including former heads of the National Assembly in the council of state is considered

12:36 PM: An amendment is proposed and adopted to include the provision that all impeached former President, governors not be included in the Council of State.

The bill passes yes -274

Yes – 274
No – 6
Abstain – 2

The second bill on reducing the period the president or governor can authorise withdrawal from consolidated account without a budget

Yes -295
No – 0
Abstain – 0

12:39: The third bill is on devolution of powers

Yes -210
No – 71
Abstain – 8

Bill on Financial autonomy of state legislature

Yes -286
No – 10
Abstain – 1

Bill to abrogate state joint local government accounts

Yes -281
No – 12
Abstain – 1

12:44: Bill to strengthen local government administration

Yes -285
No – 7
Abstain – 1

12:48: Bill on state creation and boundary adjustment

Yes -166
No – 125
Abstain – 3

12:50: Bill to provide immunity for legislators in respect of words spoken or written in plenary session or committee proceedings.

Yes -288
No – 10
Abstain – 1

Bill to provide INEC with sufficient time to conduct bye-elections and provide grounds for de-registration of political parties

Yes -293
No – 2
Abstain – 1
Attendance – 296

12:56: Bill for timely passage of bills on the matter of Presidential assent

Yes -248
No – 28
Abstain – 4
Attendance – 280

1 PM: Bill on time frame for submitting ministerial or commissioners nominees, which also includes 35 percent affirmation action for women.

Yes -248
No – 46
Abstain – 1
Attendance – 295

1:04: Bill on appointment of minister from the FCT is put to a vote

Yes -191
No – 91
Abstain – 3
Attendance – 285

Members were divided over the result and the Speaker ruled that the bill failed.

Bill on Change of names of some LG councils in Ebonyi, Oyo, Ogun, Plateau, and Rivers.

Yes: 220
No: 57
Abstain: 8

Bill on independent candidature

Yes -275
No – 14
Abstain – 1
Attendance – 290

Bill on removing the word force from the title Nigeria Police Force

Yes -280
No – 9
Abstain – 4
Attendance – 293

Bill on the restriction of the tenure of the president and governor.

Yes -292
No – 3
Abstain – 3
Attendance – 298

1:42 PM: Bill on Separation of Accountant General of the Federal Government from Accountant General of the Federation.

Yes -274
No – 23
Abstain – 2
Attendance – 299

1:49 PM: Bill to make the office of the auditor general of the Federation financially independent passed.

Yes -289

No – 11
Abstain – 0
Attendance – 300

1:52 PM: Bill to separate Office of Attorney General from the Minister/Commissioner of Justice

Yes -234
No – 58
Abstain – 3
Attendance – 295

1:55 PM: Bill on submissions from the Judiciary

Yes: 265

No: 6

Abstain: 7

2:00 PM: Bill to determine pre-election matters.

Yes: 288

No: 3

Abstain: 1

2:05 PM: Bill on Consequential Amendment on Civil Defence

Yes: 293

No: 2

Abstain: 1

2: 10 PM: Bill on Citizenship and indigenship

Yes: 216

No: 77

Abstain: 2

2: 30 PM:  Due to protests, Speaker Dogara calls for a retake of the vote on Citizenship and Indigenship.

2: 35 PM:  Bill on Citizenship and indigenship

Yes: 208

No: 78

Abstain: 2

2: 57 PM: Bill on Procedure for Overriding Presidential Veto in Constitutional Alteration

Yes: 271

No: 20

Abstain: 0

3: 08 PM: Bill on Procedure for Overriding Presidential Veto in Constitutional Alteration

Yes: 271

No: 20

Abstain: 0

3: 10 PM: Bill on Removal of law-making power from Executive Arm.(Part 1) To remove NYSC, National Security Agencies,

3: 11 PM: Bill on Public Complaints Commission from the Constitution to enable only lawmakers to make laws on them.

Yes: 209

No: 47

Abstain: 5

3: 12 PM: Bill on Removal of law making power from Executive Arm. (Part 2) Land Use Act.

Yes: 139

No: 148

Abstain: 4

3: 13 PM : Bill On Investment and Securities Tribunal Yes: 270 No: 12 Abstain: 2

Yes: 270 No: 12 Abstain: 2

No: 12 Abstain: 2

Abstain: 2

3: 15 PM: Bill on Reduction of Age for Election

Yes: 261

No: 23

Abstain: 2

3: 20 PM: Bill on  Authorization of expenditure time frame for laying Appropriation bill, Passage etc

Yes: 252

No: 7

Abstain: 2

3: 30 PM: Bill on Inclusion of Section 141 of the Electoral Act in the Constitution.

Yes: 241

No: 16

Abstain: 1

3:40 PM: With voting on the clauses of the complete, the House has now reverted to plenary where the Speaker is reporting progress on the consideration on the report.

The House completes consideration of the proposed alteration to the 1999 Constitution.

 

Full List Of 1999 Constitution Amendment

senate, CCTThe Federal lawmakers on Wednesday cast their votes to amend sections in the fourth amendment of the 1999 Constitution.

Here is a full list of the sections amended.

1. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 1, 2017 (Composition of Members of the Council of State) – This bill seeks to amend the Third Schedule to include former Presidents of the Senate and Speakers of the House of Representatives in the composition of the Council of State.

2. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 2, 2017 (Authorisation of Expenditure) – seeks to alter sections 82 and 122 of the Constitution to reduce the period within which the President or Governor of a state may authorise the withdrawal of monies from the consolidated revenue fund in the absence of an appropriation act from 6 months to 3 months.

3. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 3, 2017 (Devolution of Powers) – This seeks to alter the Second Schedule, Part I & II to move certain items to the Concurrent Legislative List to give more legislative powers to States. It also delineates the extent to which the federal legislature and state assemblies can legislate on the items that have been moved to the Concurrent Legislative List.

4. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 4, 2017 (Financial Autonomy of State Legislatures) – This alteration seeks to provide for the funding of the Houses of Assembly of States directly from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the State.

5. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 5, 2017 (Distributable Pool Account) – This Bill seeks to alter section 162 of the Constitution to abrogate the State Joint Local Government Accounts and empower each Local Government Council to maintain its own special account into which all allocations due to the Local Government Council shall be directly paid from the Federation Account and from the Government of the State and also make provisions for savings in the Federation Account before distribution to other levels of Government.

6. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 6, 2017 (Local Government) – The alterations here are aimed at strengthening local government administration in Nigeria by guaranteeing the democratic existence, funding, and tenure of local government councils.

7. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 7, 2017 (State Creation and boundary Adjustment) – This essentially seeks to alter section 8 of the Constitution to ensure that only democratically elected local government councils participate in the process of State creation and boundary adjustment. It also removed ambiguities in the extant provisions to enhance clarity with respect to the procedure for state creation.

8. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 8, 2017 (The Legislature) – This alteration seeks among other things to alter sections 4, 51, 67, 68, 93 and 109 of the Constitution to provide immunity for members of the legislature in respect of words spoken or written at plenary sessions or at Committee proceedings; institutionalize legislative bureaucracy in the Constitution like the Civil Service Commission in the executive and the Judicial Service Commission in the judiciary; and, obligate the President to attend a joint meeting of the National Assembly once a year to deliver a state of the nation address.

9. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 9, 2017 (Political Parties and Electoral Matters) – This seeks to alter section 134 & 179 to provide sufficient time for INEC to conduct bye-elections; and section 225 to empower the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to de-register political parties for non-fulfillment of certain conditions such as breach of registration requirements and failure to secure/win either a Presidential, Governorship, Local Government chairmanship or a seat in the National or State Assembly or a Councillorship.

10. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 10, 2017 (Presidential Assent) – This seeks to alter sections 58, 59 and 100 to resolve the impasse where the President or Governor neglects to signify his/her assent to a bill from the National Assembly or withhold such assent. This is to enable timely passage of laws for good governance.

11. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 11, 2017 (Timeframe for submitting the Names Ministerial or Commissioners Nominees) – This Bill seeks to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to set a timeframe within which the President or a Governor shall forward to the Senate or State House of Assembly names of nominees for confirmation as Ministers or Commissioners; provide for attachment of portfolio and thirty-five percent affirmative action for women.

12. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 12, 2017 (Appointment of Minister from the FCT) – The Bill seeks to alter section 147 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for the appointment of a Minister from the FCT, Abuja to ensure that the FCT is represented in the Executive Council of the Federation.

13. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 13, 2017 (Change of Names of some Local Government Councils) – This Bill seeks to alter the Constitution to provide for a change in the names of some Local Government Councils and the definition of the boundary of the FCT, Abuja.

14. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 14, 2017 (Independent Candidature) – This seeks to alter sections 65, 106, 131, and 177 of the Constitution. This is aimed at expanding the political space and broadening the options for the electorate by allowing for independent candidacy in all elections.

15. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 15, 2017 (The Police) – This Bill seeks to alter the Constitution in sections 34, 35, 39, 214, 215, 216 and the Third Schedule to change the name of the Police from “Nigeria Police Force” to “Nigeria Police” in order to reflect their core mandate.

16. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 16, 2017 (Restriction of Tenure of the President and Governor) – This Bill seeks to restrict a person who was sworn-in as President or Governor to complete the term of the elected President from contesting for the same office for more than one term.

17. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 17, 2017 (Separation of the Office of Accountant-General) – This Bill seeks to alter section 84 of the Constitution to establish the office of the Accountant-General of the Federal Government separate from the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.

18. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 18, 2017 (Office of the Auditor-General) – This Bill seeks to make the office of the Auditor-General for the Federation and for the State financially independent by placing them on first-line charges in the Consolidated Revenue funds of the Federation and of the States.

19. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 19, 2017 (Separation of the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and of the State from the office of the Minister or Commissioner for Justice) – This Bill seeks to alter sections 150, 174, 195, 211, 318 and the Third Schedule to the Constitution to separate the office of the Minister or Commissioner for Justice from that of the Attorney-General of the Federation and of states so as to create an independent office of the Attorney-General of the Federation insulated from partisanship. It also seeks to redefine the role of the Attorney-General, provide a fixed tenure, provide the age and qualification for appointment and also for a more stringent process for the removal of the Attorney General.

20. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 20, 2017 (Judiciary) – This bill contains a vast array of alterations with regards to the Judiciary such as the composition of the National Judicial Council, and empowering Justices of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal to hear certain applications in chambers thereby enhancing the speedy dispensation of justice.

21. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 21, 2017 (Determination of Pre-Election Matters) – This Bill seeks to among other things make provisions for timelines for the determination of pre-election disputes.

22. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 22, 2017 (Civil Defence) – This Bill seeks to reflect the establishment and core functions of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. It is a consequential amendment because of the inclusion of the national security and civil defence as an item in the Exclusive Legislative List under the Second Schedule to the Constitution.

23. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 23, 2017 (Citizenship and Indigeneship) – This Bills seeks to alter section 25 of the Constitution to guarantee a married woman’s right to choosing either her indigeneship by birth or by marriage for the purposes of appointment or election.

24. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 24, 2017 (Procedure for overriding Presidential veto in Constitutional Alteration) – This Bill seeks to among other things provide the procedure for passing a Constitution Alteration Bill where the President withholds assent.

25. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 25, 2017 (Removal of certain Acts from the Constitution) – This Bill seeks to alter section 315 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to remove the law-making powers of the Executive Arm of Government and delete the National Youth Service Corps Decree, the Public Complaints Commission Act, the National Security Agencies Act and the Land Use Act from the Constitution, so that they can be subject to regular process of amendment.

26. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 26, 2017 (Investments and Securities Tribunal) – This bill seeks to establish the Investments and Securities Tribunal under the Constitution.

27. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 27, 2017 (Reduction of Age Qualification) – This Bill seeks to alter the Sections 65, 106, 131, 177 of the Constitution to reduce the age qualification for the offices of the President and Governor and membership of the Senate, House of Representatives, and the State Houses of Assembly.

28. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 28, 2017 (Authorisation of Expenditure 1) – This Bill seeks to provide for the time within which the President or Governor shall lay the Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly or House of Assembly to encourage the early presentation and passage of Appropriation Bills.

29. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 29, 2017 (Deletion of the NYSC Decree from the Constitution) – The Bill seeks to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to delete the National Youth Service Corps Decree from the Constitution so that it can be subject to the regular process of amendment.

30. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 30, 2017 (Deletion of the Public Complaints Commission Act from the Constitution) – The Bill seeks to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to delete the Public Complaints Commission Act from the Constitution so that it can be subject to the regular process of amendment.

31. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 31, 2017 (Deletion of the National Securities Act from the Constitution) – The Bill seeks to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to delete the National Securities Act from the Constitution so that it can be subject to the regular process of amendment.

32. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (Fourth Alteration) Bill, No. 32, 2017 (Deletion of the Land Use Act from the Constitution) – The Bill seeks to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to delete the Land Use Act from the Constitution so that it can be subject to the regular process of amendment.

House Defers Constitution Amendment Till Thursday

The House of Representatives has stepped down vote on constitution amendment till Thursday.

While the vote was suspended by the House on Wednesday, the Senate voted on the areas up for amendment in the 1999 Constitution.in favour of immunity and in respect of words spoken or written at plenary sessions.

The senators voted in favour of immunity and respect of words spoken or written at plenary sessions as well as in support of Local Government autonomy, but against the devolution of power to states.

The lawmakers also voted in favour of the amendments that the President must nominate Ministers within 30 days and attach the portfolios of the Ministers to the Senate when sending for confirmation.

Other areas voted include the separation of the office of the Minister and Commissioner of Justice from the Attorney General of the Federation and of states to create an independent office of the Attorney General of the Federation insulated from partisanship.

Governor Udom Predicts Peaceful PDP National Convention

PDP, national convention, Governor UdomGovernor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, has predicted a hitch-free national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) holding on Saturday.

The Governor stated this while speaking to Government House correspondents at Ibom International Airport, Uyo shortly on arrival from an official engagement outside the state.

Governor Udom Emmanuel said that going by the peaceful conduct of the wards, states and zonal congresses of the PDP, the party has regained its bond of oneness at all levels.

He commended members of the party and its leadership for their ability to resolve all issues of concern within the party and embrace internal democratic culture which has returned power to the people.

The Governor was optimistic that with this development, the PDP was now well positioned to regain power at the centre.

The Acting National Chairman of the party, Mr Ali Modu Sheriff, on Tuesday affirmed that he would be contesting in the convention on Saturday saying he had the mandate of 450 delegates of his zone.

He also apologised to aggrieved leaders of the party, including Professor Jerry Gana, over statements credited to him in respect to their position over his continued leadership of the party.

As part of efforts to mend fences with the factions in the party, he also withdrew the draft for the party’s proposed constitution amendment and is also to set up a committee to look into unresolved state congresses.

Court Nullifies South West PDP Congress

Zonal congress, PDPThe Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos has nullified the congress held by a faction of the South West Zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday, May 14 in Akure, the Ondo State Capital.

The trial judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, held that the congress cannot stand because it was held in defiance of a restraining order granted by him on May 11, 2016.

The judge insisted that the court had to “firmly stand in support of its own order to prevent litigants from turning court cases into a game of chess.”

The PDP South-West Zonal Secretary, Chief Pegba Otemolu had on May 11, 2016 approached Justice Buba with an ex parte application urging the court to restrain the Party from going ahead with the scheduled congress in the zone.

Apart from the PDP, he also listed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the Party’s National Chairman and Secretary, Ali Modu Sheriff; and Prof. Wale Oladipo as respondents in the suit.

Chief Otemolu claimed that the four-year tenure of the current PDP South-West zonal Executive members began on October 11, 2014, and would not end until October 11, 2018.

In court on Tuesday, counsel representing the PDP and its Chairman, Dr. Yemi Oke, told the judge that his clients were not aware of the circumstances culminating in the restraining order of the court.

He claimed that the order was procured by “fraud and gross mischief,” by “desperate elements”.

He also informed the court that he had two applications, one to set aside the proceedings leading to the May 11, 2016 restraining order and another asking the court to stay the execution of the May 16 order, pending the outcome of an appeal already filed by his clients.

The lawyer also claimed that the PDP and its Chairman did not authorise any lawyer to file any suit to stop the party’s national convention.

But counsel for the plaintiff, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, insisted that the defendants were served.

In his ruling, Justice Buba held that the fact that the party and its chairman had appealed against the May 11 ruling and was seeking a stay of execution of same showed that they were aware of the restraining order yet went ahead to hold the congress in defiance of court order.

The judge then went ahead to nullify the congress before fixing further proceedings till June 8.

Modu Sheriff Steps Down PDP Constitution Amendment

Modu Sheriff, Constitution Amendment, PDPThe embattled acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, has withdrawn the draft for the party’s proposed constitution amendment.

As part of efforts to mend fences with the factions in the party, he is also to set up a committee to look into unresolved state congresses.

Following a meeting on Sunday with the factions and governors of the party, and prior to the meeting with the board of trustees, Mr Modu Sheriff said that the issue of zoning would be put to rest through a resolution that will announce zoning of the presidency to the north of Nigeria at the coming convention.

Mr Sheriff apologised to aggrieved leaders of the party, including Professor Jerry Gana, over statements credited to him in respect to their position over his continued leadership of the party.

He, however, announced that he shall be contesting in the convention on Saturday saying he has the mandate of 450 delegates of his zone.

He said that agreements reached at the meetings to resolve the party crisis would be upheld and all differences resolved before the convention.

Constitution Amendment: Presidency, Lawmakers Agree To Make Concessions

Goodluck Jonathan and National Assembly on constitution amendment The Presidency in Nigeria and the National Assembly have agreed to make concessions that are mutually beneficial to both parties in resolution of the feud on the 4th amendment of the Nigerian Constitution.

Both parties reached the agreement on Wednesday the deadline date given to both parties by the Supreme Court to resolve the issue.

At the Supreme Court both parties said they had met, as directed, and had agreed to make necessary concessions.

The Agreement

According to the agreement obtained by Channels Television, both parties agreed that the view of the President be considered and that four out of the seven sections complained about by the president be deleted.

Those sections include alterations to section eight of the Principal Act on Referendum with respect to state creation, alterations to section nine dispensing with the assent of the President in the process of constitutional amendment and alterations to section 45 (A) and (B), relating to free basic education and maternal healthcare services.

Others include alterations to section 150,174,195 and 211, relating to the separation of the office of the Attorney-General and Minster of Justice both at the Federal and State level.

The parties also agreed that the suit filed by the Attorney-General be withdrawn and that the President should sign the bill into law.

With the new development the Attorney-General withdrew his suit and it was struck out.

The dispute started when President Jonathan refused to sign the amendment bill into law and asked the National Assembly to reconsider about 10 sections in the amended bill.

However, threat by the National Assembly to veto his decision led to a filing of a lawsuit seeking to stop the National Assembly from over-ridding the President’s veto.

Following the advice of the court that they seek an out-of-court settlement the parties brought a report to the court on Wednesday after talks.

The agreement brought an end three weeks of controversy surrounding the 4th amendment of the Constitution which had gulped about four billion Naira.

 

Group Tasks Nigerian Leaders On Constitution Amendment

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Professor Ben Nwabueze is the leader of the Project Nigeria Movement

Project Nigeria Movement led by Eminent Jurist and Elder statesman, Professor Ben Nwabueze has tasked leaders of conscience to immediately rise above the current political situation and intervene on the side of political restructuring of Nigeria through the amendment of the constitution.

The secretariat of the coalition of eminent national leaders and Activists, in its state of the nation address on Monday in Lagos, said it did not come to them as a surprise that the country’s democracy is beginning to yield to desperate and panicky actions from the political class.

Speaking through its Head of Secretariat, Mr Olawale Okunniyi, the movement stated that “by the framework of the subsisting 1999 constitution coupled with its attendant amendments, it will be very difficult for any government in Nigeria, no matter how well intentioned, to meet the democratic expectations of the people”.

Okunniyi, who was a delegate of the civil society movement to the 2014 National Confab, also lamented the inability of the political class to correct the inherent anomalies in the constitutional framework of the current democracy which, according to the movement continues to sustain the self serving politics breeding electoral desperation in Nigeria.

The group urged the political class to unanimously consider the popular resolutions of the new draft constitution produced by the 2014 national confab and amand the constitution to reflect the recommendations of the the conference.

According to Mr Okunniyi Nigeria’s governance and electoral structure needed to be reconsidered to ensure that it would help in the sustenance of democracy.

Adebanjo Confident Jonathan Will Implement National Conference Recommendations

National ConferenceElder Statesman, Ayo Adebanjo, believes in Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan’s sincerity to implement the over 500 recommendations from the National Conference held earlier in year.

While expressing his confidence in the President, he said that Nigerians have expressed too much doubts in the sincerity of the President to convene the conference in the first place but he has so far fulfilled every promise he made regarding the matter.

Speaking on Politics Today on Channels Television, Adebanjo argued that President Jonathan deserved some trust from Nigerians based on his sincerity to Nigerians and his determination to convene a national dialogue that surpassed similar attempts in the past.

He noted that the quality of representation at the conference, which was that of top quality and made up of persons like him who had the interest of the country at heart, showed how committed President Jonathan was to the dialogue and change that Nigerians had clamoured for since the end of military government.

Adebanjo, who was one of the delegates, added that he was one of those who fought for Nigeria’s independence and there was no way he would not understand how much the original constitution Nigeria was expected to be operating had been manipulated by the military.

He said that the conference has been able to tackle the main issues affecting the progress of the country and so far no one has been able to fault the quality of work done by the delegates.

Disparity With National Assembly Resolutions

The National Assembly recently passed resolutions amending parts of the Nigerian constitution but some of their resolutions have been seen to negate the recommendations of the National Conference.

The National Conference had recommended the removal of immunity for the executive arm of the government but the National Assembly voted against this in its recent constitution amendment.

Adebanjo noted that the National Assembly was one of the problems they went to the National Conference to solve and he did not expect them to approve the removal of policies that they have been “enjoying adversely against the interest of the people”.

He particularly took exception to the National Conference’s resolutions being compared or being discussed in relation to the National Assembly’s recent constitution amendments.

He questioned the quality of persons in the National Assembly and the elections that took them into the legislative houses.

Although the National Assembly also voted in favour of granting autonomy for the Local Government, which was also one of the recommendations of the National Conference, Adebanjo maintained that the National Assembly lacked the integrity to champion the change that Nigeria needs.

Adebanjo also aligned with the view expressed by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo that the idea of a Muslim-Muslim ticket allegedly being nursed by the All Progressives Congress towards the 2015 presidential election.

He said that this move showed insensitivity to the current state of mind of Nigerians and would be counter-productive.

 

APC To Hold “Extraordinary” National Convention, Adopt 2015 Manifesto

APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday disclosed plans to hold an “extraordinary national convention” on Wednesday, 29th Oct. 2014 in Abuja, where the Party will approve amendments to its constitution and also adopt its manifesto for the 2015 general elections.

In a statement issued by APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the proposed amendments when approved at the national convention will align the party’s constitution better with the Electoral Act and also allow the APC to function more efficiently.

The Party noted that the convention would adopt the six-point manifesto that has been extracted from the one submitted to the electoral umpire, INEC earlier for the purpose of the 2015 general elections.

”The manifesto to be adopted at the extraordinary convention of our party is specifically for the 2015 general elections. Because of shifting priorities, we do not believe that a party manifesto should be one for all time but a document that will adjust to the changing needs of the people.

”In this regard, we have conducted a survey to find out what Nigerians urgently need at the moment to raise their standard of living and ensure their security and welfare, which is the raison d’etre of any government. Based on the outcome of the survey, we have come up with a six-point manifesto, which we extracted from the one we submitted to INEC earlier.

”The six broad priority areas for the APC ahead of the 2015 general elections are National Security, Good Governance, Human Capital Development, Economic Development, Land and Natural Resources as well as Foreign Policy. The issue of job creation, fight against corruption, infrastructural development, health, qualitative education, regular power supply, etc are subsumed under these broad priority areas,” APC said.

According to Mohammed, the adopted manifesto “will be made massively available to all Nigerians, complete with the full details, in many languages”.

Constitution Amendment: National Assembly Didn’t Remove Labour From Exclusive List

Constitution AmendmentThe Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, has clarified the status of minimum wage in the Constitution Amendment.

The statement by the DS on Thursday read; “The Conference report of the Constitution Review Committee recently adopted by the Senate and House of Representatives did not remove Labour from the Exclusive Legislative List.

“The Senate had earlier put Labour on the Concurrent List but the House retained it in the Exclusive List.

“During the Harmonization of the Reports from the two Chambers, the Conference Committee adopted the House version and retained Labour on the Exclusive List.

“Both Senate and the House of Representatives have now adopted the Conference Committee Report which retained Labour on the Exclusive Legislative List.”

The Deputy Speaker, who is also the Chairman, House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Constitution Amendment added that the committee was “at a loss as to where the false and misleading information on this matter emanated from.”