Political decampees should vacate office, Confab resolves

Recommendation for the removal of immunity for Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Governors and their Deputies was overwhelmingly adopted.

The National Conference on Thursday adopted the recommendations of its Committee on Politics and Governance barring political office holders from defecting from parties on which they were elected.

The conference adopted a resolution that anybody who defected from a political party to another should automatically relinquish the seat.

The committee’s recommendation for the removal of immunity for Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Governors and their Deputies was overwhelmingly adopted.

The conference also adopted a recommendation that unelected chairmen of local government areas should be sanctioned by withholding their statutory subventions until elections were held into such councils.

The recommendation of the committee to criminalise the inducement of voters with money or any other materials during elections was adopted.

In adopting this, conference noted that such inducements were a precursor to corruption as elected officials tended to recover their money first when elected into office.

The conference also adopted the recommendation by the committee providing for independent candidates to contest elections.

The Conference held that every Nigerian who met the specific conditions of Electoral Act should be free to contest in any election.

The Conference further adopted Section 221 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, to make every eligible Nigerians to contest for any election without belonging to any political party.

It said that any person who wished to contest election as an independent candidate must make full disclosure of sources of wealth and funds.

It also adopted that all independent candidates with unexplained sources of wealth/funds should be disqualified.

It further accepted a recommendation that Nigeria should adopt a true federal structure with the states operating as federating units.

It said that creation of local government areas should be the responsibility of states and not that of the Federal Government.

The Conference, however, pointed out that the responsibility of funding the local governments created by states should be the states’ and not the federal governments.

The conference adopted a recommendation that INEC and State Independent Electoral Commissions should fashion out ways to ensure that physically challenged persons were registered to vote.

The report of the committee, whose Co-Chairmen were Jerry Gana and Olu Falae, was the 16th out of 20, to be adopted by the conferees.


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