By Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJA — THE House of Representatives has said that proponents of tenure elongation are armed robbers that meant no good for Nigeria.
Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media, Rep Zakari Mohammed, said yesterday that “any attempt to extend the tenure of present political holders beyond May 29 would amount to breaching the constitution.”
Speaking at the House’s weekly briefing, the House spokesman said there was no provision in the 1999 Constitution that permits tenure elongation just because an individual wants it.
He said: “We owe this country a lot of duty. Tenure elongation is against good conscience and not part of our constitution. We won’t accept that and won’t discuss any such thing.”
Support card reader for polls
On the card readers, Mohammed said it was high time Nigeria moved forward from analogue to digital in order to have things done easily, saying every well-meaning Nigerian should support the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in its efforts to have free, fair and credible polls.
He said any argument against the use of card readers for the polls would not hold water as the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended, allows such.
On this year’s budget, Mohammed said the House decided to set up a special committee to meet with Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, because the lawmakers wanted to know how realistic the $65 oil benchmark contained in the budget was.