By Ogar Monday; House of Assembly Correspondent Follow @ogar_monday
A few days after the Not Too Young To Run campaign published a list of 24 state houses of assembly in its hall of fame, the Cross River State House of Assembly has passed the bill with two out of the 25 man assembly still voting against it.
Mr. Efa Esua (PDP, Calabar Municipal) and Mrs. Elizabeth Ironbar (PDP, Akpabuyo) both voted against the bill.
The bill which is alteration 27 and is within section 65, 106 and 131 of the proposed constitution to be amended aims to “reduce the age for qualification, for the office of the president , membership of the House of Representatives, and the State House of Assembly.”
The bill which had gained traction within young Cross Riverians and Nigerians drew overwhelming support at the Constitutional amendment hearing held by the Cross River State House of Assembly in January at the Cultural Center Complex in Calabar where the Speaker of the House, Mr. John Lebo (PDP, Abi) promised that the results from the public hearing will reflect members vote on the floor of the House.
But in what seemed to be seen by many as an attempt to play a dirty tricks, the House went to sleep as nothing was held of either the bill nor the whole constitutional amendment process, making the Cross River campaigners of the bill to hold a press conference, threatening the State’s political elite to either pass the bill or face their wrath in the polls.
With the delay of the Assembly to seat, came the passing of history, as Cross River State failed to be among the first 24 states to pass the bill.
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