By Christiana Ekpa
House of Representatives yesterday passed for a second reading a bill seeking to preserve election of a candidate into the offices of president and the governor in the case of seeming challenges in the qualifications of their running mates.
The bill is obviously meant to prevent the recent Bayelsa State Governorship where the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, David Lyon who had been declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, only to be disqualified on the eve of the election by the supreme court due to irregularities found in the credentials of his running mate.
Titled “A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to preserve the Election of Candidates to the Offices of the President and Governor whose Running Mates are found to have defects in their Qualifications; and for Related Matters (HB. 1059)”, the bill is being sponsored by Hon. Solomon T. Bob from Rivers State.
Moving the motion, Bob regretted the Bayelsa situation, saying it was not fair.
“Mr. Speaker, Hon. Colleagues, the bill speaks for itself. That’s unjust. It’s unfair. It’s illogical to have this”, the lawmaker said.
Ruling on the matter, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said that “the bill speaks to life experience we have had”.
The bill eventually passed second reading when put to voice vote.