- The bill seeking age limit for prominent public offices was dead on arrival on Wednesday, December 16
- The bill was proposed by a PDP lawmaker, Bede Eke from Imo state
- According to Eke, the age limit for persons contesting for offices such as the president and the vice-president should be 70 years
- However, the proposal was strongly rejected by other lawmakers during plenary on Wednesday
The House of Representatives on Wednesday, December 16, rejected a bill that set age limits for the top public positions in the country.
The bill was sponsored by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker from Imo state, Bede Eke, The Nation reports.
According to the bill proposed by Eke, the maximum age for offices of the president and vice-president was put at 70 years.
For governor, deputy governor and senators, the highest age is 65 years, while the House of Representatives and Houses of Assembly is 60 and 50 years respectively.
Moreover, the bill also fixed the lowest ages for persons contesting elections into the Senate at 30; while that of House of Representatives and Houses of Assembly is 25 years.
As for the president and vice-president, the minimum age is 35 and that of governors is 35 and 30 for deputy governors.
However, the bill was vehemently rejected by lawmakers when brought before them by the speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila.
On his part, Gbajabiamila said that if the bill is passed into law, some lawmakers occupying positions in the House would have no chance in the 2023 general elections.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate had urged the federal government to raise the age limit attached to job vacancies in the country.
The lawmakers made the demand on Wednesday, July 15, following a motion raised by Senator Ibrahim Gobir during plenary.
During the debate on the motion titled urgent need to review age barrier during recruitment and employment, Gobir argued that the age cap for jobs advertised by both government and private sector excludes many competent applicants.
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