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Senate objects to devolution of power, votes in independent candidacy

By Sandra Onyekwere

Nigerian Senate on Wednesday voted against devolution of power which ought to transfer more powers from the Federal Government to States. The Upper Parliament is currently voting on the amendment processes of the 1999 constitution.

According to the result of the electronic voting on devolution of power, 46 senators voted in support, 48 voted against while one senator abstained.

www.gongnews.net recalls that many interest groups especially from the southern part of the country have been clamouring for devolution of power so as to give more powers to the federating units (the states and local government councils).

Political watchers have also argued that devolution of power to federating units would encourage socio-economic development across the six geo-political zones in the country.

Meanwhile, the lawmakers unanimously voted in support of independent candidature for future elections.

The result of the voting shows 82 voted in support, five voted against while three senators abstained.

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