The National Assembly has approved the participation of Independent candidates in political activities in the country.
The Red Chamber also approved that its Presiding Officers would henceforth be members of the National Security Council.
These resolutions of the Senate followed approval of Constitution Alteration Bills No. 46 and 58 by the number of States required to make them part of the constitution.
The Chairman, Senate Ad hoc Committee on the Review and Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, in a motion informed the Senate that the Bills have been passed by the required number of states to make them form part of the constitution.
Omo-Agege’s motion was titled Passage of Constitution (Fifth) Alteration Bill Nos. 46 (Membership of the National Security Council to include Presiding Officers of the National Assembly) and 58 (Independent Candidacy), 2023.
After considering the motion, the Senate directed the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA) to transmit constitution alteration bill No. 58 to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent in line with the provisions of the Authentication Act.
The bill seeks to provide for independent candidacy in Presidential, Governorship, National and State Houses of Assembly and Local Government Council elections.
The Clerk was also directed to transmit to the president, Constitution Amendment Bill No. 46, which seeks to include the presiding officers of the National Assembly in the membership as members of the National Security Council.
Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege-DSP
Sen. Ahmad Lawan-Senate President