By A’isha Biola Raji
The House of Representatives has denied a bill seeking 70 years age limit to contest presidential election.
The bill sought to have limit of 70years for anyone running for the office of the President and 65years for the National Assembly.
Sponsored by Bede Eke from Imo State, the bill however did not see the light of the day as members of the House rejected it before the sponsor could even start the debate.
Interceding on behalf of the sponsor, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila paved way for Honourable Eke to debate the proposed bill.
Eke said the bill intends to create a buffer zone for the ‘Not Too Young To Run Law.’ He explained that old people are occupying the space for young people.
He said, “We had some challenges recently with the ENDSARS protests, and we are aware of their demands. Our youths will celebrate this house if we should pass this bill.
“You cannot talk about Not Too Young To Run when people are occupying the places.”
Opposing the bill, the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu said the bill is discriminatory, adding that it is inconsistent with section 42 of the 1999 constitution.
Also speaking against the bill, Uzoma Abonta said instead of putting a limit, the age bracket should be expanded to accommodate more people by reducing the age to contest to 23years. He, therefore, advised the sponsor of the bill to either step it down or it will be voted on.
Other lawmakers also advised the sponsor to withdraw the bill which was eventually withdrawn.