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Kogi: Reps Move To Make Running Mate Replace Dead Governorship Candidate. by Fmartin(m): 10:08am On May 06, 2016
A Bill for an Act to make provisions to cover a lacuna in the event of death of a governorship candidate anytime before conclusion of an election yesterday passed Second Reading in the House of Representatives.


The bill also seeks to amend the 2010 Electoral Act to empower election tribunals and courts to declare candidates who scored the second highest votes as winners of elections when the tribunal or court finds the winner of an election unqualified for election, abinitio.


Sponsor of the Bill and House Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila of the All Progressives Congress, APC, described it as a proactive measure to prevent a recurrence of the 2015 Kogi governorship election debacle.


It would be recalled that the APC candidate, the late Abubakar Audu was already coasting home to victory in the November 2015 election before his death was announced. His running mate, James Faleke, who sought to step into Audu’s position as standard bearer was denied the opportunity by the party leadership, who settled for the runner up in the APC primary, Yahaya Bello. Faleke is a member of the House of Representatives.


The bill, sponsored by Gbajabiamila and six others equally seeks inclusion of the Card Reader as part of the Electoral Act as well as ensure that all political parties are gender sensitive and eliminate all forms discrimination in political parties.



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Re: Kogi: Reps Move To Make Running Mate Replace Dead Governorship Candidate. by Junior66(m): 10:09am On May 06, 2016
Good

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Re: Kogi: Reps Move To Make Running Mate Replace Dead Governorship Candidate. by Mynd44: 10:15am On May 06, 2016
Laws are retroactive so it won't affect Faleke
Re: Kogi: Reps Move To Make Running Mate Replace Dead Governorship Candidate. by OnankpaBa(m): 10:21am On May 06, 2016
good one
Re: Kogi: Reps Move To Make Running Mate Replace Dead Governorship Candidate. by itiswello352: 10:56am On May 06, 2016
Mynd44:
Laws are retroactive so it won't affect Faleke

Laws are not retroactive in Nigeria!
Re: Kogi: Reps Move To Make Running Mate Replace Dead Governorship Candidate. by manutdrichie(m): 11:01am On May 06, 2016
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Re: Kogi: Reps Move To Make Running Mate Replace Dead Governorship Candidate. by itiswello352: 11:01am On May 06, 2016
This is a welcome development.
It should address the lacuna observed in our constitution and the electoral act, to the extent that, it does not allow a person who is not a party to the joint ticket, to inherit valid votes cast!
Re: Kogi: Reps Move To Make Running Mate Replace Dead Governorship Candidate. by richidinho(m): 11:02am On May 06, 2016
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Re: Kogi: Reps Move To Make Running Mate Replace Dead Governorship Candidate. by Nobody: 11:10am On May 06, 2016
That is a great move from the House Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
Faleke will sure get it back through the trbunal though.

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Re: Kogi: Reps Move To Make Running Mate Replace Dead Governorship Candidate. by dunkem21(m): 11:18am On May 06, 2016
cheesy
Re: Kogi: Reps Move To Make Running Mate Replace Dead Governorship Candidate. by Oz4realsss: 12:05pm On May 06, 2016
The provision of the bill does not cover the lacuna effectively because it only favours the running mate. Elections may have been won by a popular candidate only for an unpopular running mate to sail to victory by votes inheritance. Democracy strives on popularity and any process that undermines such an important component ruins its beauty.

The bill should therefore serve the interest of all the contestants. It should take into consideration their popularity and acceptability which must be decided by the electorates. Democracy is all about the people choosing their leaders and reneges any process skewed to the benefit of an unpopular candidate.

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