House of Representatives rejects bill limiting age of persons for elective positions

The House of Representatives, popularly refered in Nigeria as the green chambers has forced down a bill to amend the constitution to put an age limit on some elective posts.

The bill which was sponsored by Bede Eke from Imo State, sought to put a cap of 70years for anyone running for the office of the President and 65years for the National Assembly.

The House however, rejected the bill before the sponsor could even debate the bill and it took the intervention of the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila for the debate to be allowed.

Eke while leading the debate, said the bill intends to create a buffer zone for the Not Too Young To Run law. He explained that old people are occupying the space for young people.

“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 people are occupying the places.”

But the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu while opposing the bill,  said it is discriminatory, adding that it is inconsistent with section 42 of the 1999 constitution.

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.

Two members, Jimoh Babajide and Ahmed Jaha also advised the sponsor to withdraw the bill.

Thereafter, the sponsor of the bill withdrew it.

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