By Abel Daniel
LAFIA—The Nasarawa State House of Assembly yesterday voted in support of independent candidates, local governments’ autonomy as well as the abolition of state Electoral Commission in the interest of peace and national development.
The House took the decision in Lafia, the state capital, while considering the further Alteration of the 1999 Constitution Bill and for others matters connected therewith 2014 during plenary.
The Speaker of the House, Alhaji Musa Mohammed (PDP-Nasarawa Central) who presented the matter, urged members to consider the bill in the interest of the country.
Mr.Yahaya Usman (PDP-Umaisha), the deputy majority leader, moved the motion in support of local governments’ autonomy and the abolition of states electoral commissions in the country.
He said “My colleagues, in the interest of peace and speedy development across the country, there is need for the autonomy of local governments in the country. This is because local governments are closer to the people at the grass-roots.
“I also want us to support the abolition of the State Electoral Commissions in order to have a free, fair and violent free election at all levels in the country.”
Usman said that the bill was in the interest of all Nigerians and called on the people to support the move in the interest of peace and national development.
He was supported by the Minority Leader, Mr.Tanko Maikatako (APC-Lafia Central), who said that the bill was in the interest of peace and national development.
The House unanimously passed the motion for autonomy of local government councils with by two-thirds majority of votes against the few that opposed same.