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Anyim, 40 others storm Senate over electoral reform

Abuja—Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, former Senate President, yesterday led some eminent Nigerians to the National Assembly, asking for a speed up in the electoral reform process.

Anyim, who was the head of a 41-man team, under the aegis of “Concerned Senior Citizens of Nigeria,’’ presented to the Senate President, David Mark, a charter for the development of democracy in the country.

“Our failure to have a serious electoral reform has led to our failure in democracy consolidation,” he said.
He lauded President Umaru Yar’Adua for his decision to set up the Justice Mohammed Uwais Electoral Reform Committee and urged the federal lawmakers to adopt critical aspects of the report.

Anyim said that every effort should be made to ensure the genuine review of the 1999 constitution, so as to effectively resolve many of the political problems facing the country.

The former Senate President condemned the Christmas Day attempted bombing of the  North-West airline in the U.S. by Mr Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year old Nigerian.

Anyim, who commended the amnesty programme of the administration, urged the National Assembly to encourage relevant government agencies to ensure its proper implementation.

Responding, Mark thanked the senior citizens for their visit, assuring them that all actions of the National
Assembly were always guided by the provisions of the constitution.

“We are concerned about the peace and unity of the country, if our people exercise a little patience with us, we shall come up with solutions to all our constitutional problems,” he said.

He told the senior citizens that the upper chamber had earlier in the day moved a motion urging the U.S. administration to de-list Nigeria from its “countries of interest” book.


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