House Of Representatives Reject Bill To Put 70 Years Age Limit For President, 65 For Lawmakers
Today being Wednesday, December 16 2020, the House of Representatives rejected a bill meant to amend the constitution to put an age limit on some political offices. A lawmaker from Imo State, Bede Eke, had prayed to put a cap of 70years for anyone running for the office of the President and 65years for the National Assembly. Members of the House, however, rejected the bill before the sponsor could even debate the bill. Sen. Femi Gbajabiamila who happens to be the Speaker of the House therefore had to intervene and give the lawmaker the chance to debate the bill. Sen. Eke while speaking on the bill noted that it would give a chance for the Not Too Young To Run law. He explained that old people are occupying the space for young people. According to him, “We had some challenges recently with the Endsars protests, and we are aware of their demands. Our youths will celebrate this house if we should pass this bill. You cannot talk about Not Too Young To Run when old people are occupying the places.” Ndudi Elumelu, the Minority Leader opposed the bill describing it as discriminatory and inconsistent with section 42 of the 1999 constitution. Hon. Uzoma Abonta who also spoke against the bill said instead of putting a limit, the age bracket should be expanded to accommodate more people by reducing the age to contest to 23years. He, therefore, advised the sponsor of the bill to either step it down or it will be voted on. Hon. Jimoh Babajide and Hon. Ahmed Jaha also advised the sponsor to withdraw the bill. Consequently, the sponsor of the bill withdrew the bill.
On other news making the rounds at this hour, the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the reopening of Nigeria’s land borders that had been closed for about a year. The approval was given at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held at the council chamber of the Aso Rock presidential villa. The FEC meeting was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo while President Muhammadu Buhari joined the meeting virtually from Daura in Katsina State. During the meeting, President Buhari approved and directed the immediate opening of four land borders which include: Seme, Illela, Maigatari, and Mfun.
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