As the outcome of the contentious February 25 presidential election continues to be a topic of hot debate across the country, Labour Party chieftain, Professor Chris Nwaokobia has insisted that the Constitution has made it mandatory for a candidate to secure at least twenty-five percent of votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to be sworn in as Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria…..CONTINUE READING
Speaking during an interview on ARISE TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ on Sunday, Nwaokobia, who is a member of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, pointed out that when section 134 (2b) of the Constitution is put to scrutiny, it becomes clear that even if a candidate were to win elections by a landslide in 36 states of the Federation, if he fails to secure twenty-five percent of the total votes cast in Abuja, he should not be made president.
He said; “Let me say this; If a candidate wins 36 states and does not get one single vote in the FCT, he should not be sworn into office a President.
This is the intention of the draftsman of the Constitution. He must be popular in the state where he wants to superintend over Nigeria from. Are you aware that as far as the Constitution is concerned, the President is the governor of Abuja?
He superintends over Abuja through a “Commissioner” who is also known as the Federal Capital Territory Minister.
Also, he has one Senator and six House of Reps members. So, you can see that Abuja is politically different from all the other states. You will equally notice that anywhere the Constitution wants Abuja to be considered as a state, it still does not clearly say so.
But when it comes to winning elections, becoming a president-elect, or a President of the Federal Republic, the Constitution was unambiguous. In terms of government structure, Abuja is unique because it has the President serving as its governor…..CONTINUE READING