Stella Dimoko Reps To Vote On New Age For President On Wednesday


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Reps To Vote On New Age For President On Wednesday

Members of the House of Representatives will on Wednesday commence voting on amendments to the 1999 Constitution.

One of the amendments intends to lower the age qualification for presidential aspirants to 30 years.

The age bar on other leadership positions like Vice-President, state governors and members of the National Assembly, according to the proposal, will also be lowered.

Under the extant Section 65, the age requirement to contest an election to the Senate is 35 years. For the House of Representatives, it is 30 years.

In Section 106, the age requirement to contest a state House of Assembly seat is 30 years.

For the office of the President, the extant provision in Section 131 is 40 years.

For the office of the governor of a state, the qualification in the extant Section 177 is 35 years.

The proposed amendment also recommends that a Vice-President or deputy governor, whose principal dies in office, shall be entitled to only one tenure after completing the tenure of the deceased.

The recommendations, among others, are in the report of the House Ad Hoc Committee on Constitution Review, which was laid before the House on Thursday.

The committee, which is headed by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Yussuff Lasun, compiled all bills/proposals for amendments to the constitution in line with the legislative agenda of the 8th House.

The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Abdulrazak Namdas, told The PUNCH on Monday that the voting on the recommendations was a mandatory constitutional requirement to give legal teeth to a new constitution.


  1. Rubbish they should make it 60 self. We like old presidents.

    1. How mature is a 30 year old Nigerian man or woman?

  2. Age requirements to contest for any position is mentioned meaning anyone that's from that age and above is qualified to apply buy they failed to mention the maximum age that can't apply. These people will always behave like they have our interests at heart but na lie.

    There should be age range (i.e btw 40 - 45 years) which means if you exceed the max, you're not qualified to apply, not stating the exact age that is eligible. Yinmu

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    2. Gbam! Dont mind dem, we know better!

  3. They need to stop deceiving themselves. Has Nigeria ever had a 40 year old president? What difference will reducing to30 make? What we need them to do s to stop allowing 80 year old people contest. To avoid cases like what we're facing now. Verify their ages and health status before allowing them run for any seat.


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