At yesterday’s sitting by the green chambers in Nigeria, a bill seeking to put a 70-years age limit for anyone running for the office of the President and 65-years age limit for those running for a spot in the National Assembly, was rejected by the green chamber members.
The bill which was sponsored by Bede Eke, the federal lawmaker representing Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala federal constituency in the House,Bede Eke presented the bill to the floor of the house of representatives and was rejected before even debating on the bill.
Speaker,Rt.Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila intervention creates room for the debate to be allowed.
Bede stressed that the bill is an extension of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run bill and the #EndSARS protests
The Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu also opposed the bill on grounds of it being discriminatory and inconsistent with section 42 of the 1999 constitution.
Federal lawmaker Uzoma Abonta while contributing to the bill said the age bracket should be expanded to create room more people by reducing the age to contest to 23 year
Jimoh Babajide and Ahmed Jaha also advised Bede to withdraw the bill.
After being adviced to withdraw the bill, the bill sponsorer quickly do so.