If you are an aspiring political office holder with the intention of running as an independent candidate, you need to read this.

The Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, John Gaul-Lebo, says Nigeria is not yet ripe for independent candidacy.

He said this shortly after lawmakers in the state House of Assembly voted against independent candidacy in the ongoing 1999 constitution amendment exercise.

The legislators also passed the Not-Too-Young-to-Run bill as well as the bill to strengthen the judiciary for speedy dispensation of justice.

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“The Cross River House of Assembly voted for 13 alterations out of the 15 transmitted to us by the National Assembly for our concurrent resolutions and transmission back to them.

“We deferred the bill for Local Government Autonomy and the bill to strengthen Local Government Administration in Nigeria to another legislative day. This is to help us do more consultations on the two bills.

“After the public hearing, we got memoranda’s from some groups and we felt we should give them fair hearing as it concerns primary school teachers salaries, primary healthcare and other local government issues.

“We voted overwhelmingly for 12 items while the bill for Independent Candidacy was voted against. In all, we got 12 resolutions in support and one against. The Not-Too-Young to Run bill will afford the young ones the opportunity to seek election in Nigeria", he said.

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