2019: Sokoto Assembly rejects independent candidacy

The Sokoto State House of Assembly on Tuesday, rejected the alteration
of constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 to provide for
independent candidacy in election.

The rejection followed the consideration of a report of the House
Ad-hoc Committee on the adoption of the alteration of the constitution
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.

Presenting the report, the Deputy Chairman of the committee, Alhaji
Garba Bello (APC- Yabo), said that the committee conducted town hall
meetings that covered the three Senatorial zones of the state.

Bello said, "The committee observed that alteration bill to abrogate
the state joint local government accounts and empower each local
government, to maintain its own special account had the support of the
23 local governments in the state."‎

The deputy chiarman also said the 23 local governments backed the four
other alterations, including the strengthening of local government
administration in Nigeria ‎and to change the name of Nigeria Police
Force to 'Nigeria Police'.

According to him, the majority of the local governments in the state
also support "Alteration to provide for the procedure for passing a
Constitution alteration bill.

In such circumstance, he said, ''the President withholds assent and to
specify the period within with the President or Governor presents the
Appropriation bill before the Assembly.

"But the alteration to provide for independent candidature in election
was rejected by the

"As such, the committee recommended that Assembly should accept the
five alterations and reject the alteration to provide for independent
candidature in election, based on the wishes of the citizens," Bello

The Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Abubabar Magaji, who presided over the
plenary put the motion into vote and it was accepted by the majority
of the members.

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