August 22, 2018

Why NASS retained ages for Senate, governors – Ekweremadu (Guardian)

Why NASS retained ages for Senate, governors – Ekweremadu (Guardian)

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has explained that the 35 years age qualification for the Senate was retained to correct the initial disparity in the 1999 Constitution between the age qualification for the Senate and that of the President, which used to be 40 years, but now reduced to 35 years.

Ekweremadu, who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitution Review, said that the National Assembly reasoned that going by the provisions of Section 146 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, the President of the Senate could hold the office of the President for a period not exceeding three months, should the offices of the President and Vice President be vacant at the same time for any reason.

He said: “Section 146 (1) provides that the Vice President shall hold the office of President, if the office of President becomes vacant by reason of death or resignation, impeachment, permanent incapacity or the removal of the President from office for any other reason, in accordance with Section 143 of the constitution. Read more

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