Thursday, July 27 was another day for major decisions that will shape how politics is done in Nigeria.

Some aspects of the document that governs the rule of law in Nigeria - the 1999 Constitution - was reviewed by members of the Green House.

It is coming a day after the Senate's vote on Constitution Amendments caused an uproar across the country.

Also read: These Senators May 'Change' Nigeria Forever

Members of the House of Representatives used the electronic machine to decide on different aspects of the law that were up for amendment.

The usual 'Aye' or 'Nay' was deemed insufficient.

Voting started after the Deputy Speaker, who is the chairman of the special ad-hoc committee on the review of the constitution, gave a summary of the bills to be considered.

Of the 34 bills up for amendment, decisions were only reached on 27.

On a bill that will include former heads of the National Assembly in the council of state, an amendment was proposed and adopted with a provision that all impeached former Presidents, governors 'will not' be included in the Council of State.

When the bill was up for vote, it got: 

Yes – 274
No – 6
Abstain – 2

Reduction of the period the president or governor can authorise withdrawal from consolidated account without a budget:

Yes -295
No – 0
Abstain – 0

Bill on devolution of powers:

Yes -210
No – 71
Abstain – 8

Bill on Financial autonomy of state legislature:

Yes -286
No – 10
Abstain – 1

Bill to abrogate state joint local government accounts:

Yes -281
No – 12
Abstain – 1

Bill to strengthen local government administration:

Yes -285
No – 7
Abstain – 1

Bill on state creation and boundary adjustment:

Yes -166
No – 125
Abstain – 3

Bill that provides immunity for legislators in respect of words spoken or written in plenary session or committee proceedings.

(This bill also got a resounding YES in the Senate)

Yes -288
No – 10
Abstain – 1

Bill to provide INEC with sufficient time to conduct by-elections and provide grounds for de-registration of political parties

Yes -293
No – 2
Abstain – 

Bill for timely passage of bills on the matter of Presidential assent

Yes -248
No – 28
Abstain – 4

Bill on time frame for submitting ministerial or commissioners nominees, which also includes 35% affirmation action for women

Yes -248
No – 46
Abstain – 1

Bill on appointment of minister from the FCT

(After the voting, members were divided over the result and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, ruled that the bill failed)

Yes -191
No – 91
Abstain – 3


Bill on Change of names of some LG councils in Ebonyi, Oyo, Ogun, Plateau, and Rivers:

Yes: 220
No - 57
Abstain - 8

Bill on independent candidature in elections:

Yes -275
No – 14
Abstain – 1

Bill on removing the word FORCE from the title 'Nigeria Police Force':

Yes -280
No – 9
Abstain – 4
Attendance – 293

Bill on the restriction of the tenure of the president and governor:

Yes -292
No – 3
Abstain – 3

Bill on Separation of Accountant General of the Federal Government from Accountant General of the Federation:

Yes -274
No – 23
Abstain – 2

Office of the auditor general of the Federation financially independent:

Yes -289
No – 11
Abstain – 0

Separation of the Office of Attorney General from the Minister/Commissioner of Justice:

Yes -234
No – 58
Abstain – 

Bill on submissions from the Judiciary

Yes - 265
No - 6
Abstain - 7

Bill to determine pre-election matters
Yes - 288
No - 3
Abstain - 1

2:05 PM: Bill on Consequential Amendment on Civil Defence
Yes - 293
No - 2
Abstain - 1

Bill on Citizenship and indigenship
Yes - 208
No - 78
Abstain - 2

Bill on Procedure for Overriding Presidential Veto in Constitutional Alteration

Yes - 271
No  20
Abstain - 0

Bill on Procedure for Overriding Presidential Veto in Constitutional Alteration

Yes - 271
No - 20
Abstain - 0

Bill on Public Complaints Commission from the Constitution to enable only lawmakers to make laws on them.

Yes - 209
No - 47
Abstain - 5

Bill on Removal of law making power from Executive Arm. (Part 2) Land Use Act.
Yes - 139
No - 148
Abstain - 4

Bill On Investment and Securities Tribunal

Yes - 270
No - 12
Abstain - 2

Bill on Reduction of Age for Election

Yes - 261
No - 23
Abstain - 2

Bill on Authorisation of expenditure time frame for laying Appropriation bill, Passage etc
Yes - 252
No - 7
Abstain -
2

Bill on Inclusion of Section 141 of the Electoral Act in the Constitution|
Yes - 241
No - 16
Abstain - 1

These amendments are just a step in process, as they will need the assent of the president to become laws. Until Baba returns!