Senate Rejects Devolution of Power, Okays Independent Candidature

Nigerian Senate on Wednesday voted against devolution of power which ought to transfer more powers from the Federal Government to States.

The Senate is currently voting on the amendment of the 1999 constitution
According to the result of the electronic voting on devolution of power, 46 senators voted in support, 48 voted against while one senator abstained.

Recall that many interest groups especially from the southern part of the country have been clamouring for devolution of power so as to give more powers to the federating states.

Political pundits have also argued that devolution of power to federating units would encourage socio-economic development across the six geo-political zones in the country.

Meanwhile, the lawmakers unanimously voted in support of independent candidature.

The result of the voting shows 82 voted in support, five voted against while three senators abstained.

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