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Breaking News: House of Representatives Withdraws Bill Requiring University Degree for President, Governors

A proposed bill aimed at amending the 1999 Constitution to change the educational qualifications for certain political offices has been temporarily set aside by the House of Representatives.

Introduced by Adewunmi Onanuga, the bill sought to establish a minimum educational requirement for candidates running for governorship, presidency, and other key elective positions in the country.

During the plenary session on Tuesday, Onanuga, representing Ikenne/Sagamu/Remo North Federal Constituency, Ogun State, argued for amending the constitution to mandate that elective office holders possess at least a university degree, contrasting the current provision that allows candidates with a First School Leaving Certificate to contest the highest office in the nation.

While the bill received support from lawmakers like House Leader Julius Ihonvbere, Babajimi Benson, Kingsley Chinda, and others, it faced opposition from Aliyu Madaki from Kano State and Ahmadu Jaha (APC, Borno), among others.

Disappointed by the resistance, Onanuga decided to withdraw the bill temporarily, expressing intent to engage in further lobbying efforts with her colleagues before reintroducing it on the House floor at a later date.

Further updates to follow...

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