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Apex Court Judgements: Senate will tinker with electoral act – Dep Leader

The Senate Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Lola Ashiru, has said the senate will ‘tinker’ with the electoral act immediately after resumption. The comment is coming…

The Senate Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Lola Ashiru, has said the senate will ‘tinker’ with the electoral act immediately after resumption.

The comment is coming following the reservation expressed by the supreme court on some of the judgements of the lower courts regarding some governorship and national assembly elections.

Ashiru spoke in his Offa country home when he hosted reporters as part of his constituency outreach initiatives.

According to him, constitutional amendments is a continuous thing and the senate committee on INEC will begin the process immediately after resumption in the light of the recent supreme court judgments.

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He said: “With the last elections, we discovered there are many loopholes we have to plug.

“By the time we finished with the new electoral act, we discovered we had shot ourselves in the leg because some of us could not participate in the ward congresses.

“Constitutional amendment is a continuous thing and Immediately we resume from recess, starting from the community on INEC which I am a member of, we will start tinkering with the electoral act with the help of consultants and lots of other resource persons to look at it again for addition and subtraction”.

Ashiru, an architect who is representing Kwara South District, also refuted claims of an agreement to zone the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Kwara North or any specific part of the state in the 2027 general election.

He said: “In the history of Kwara state, the governorship ticket has never been zoned to any particular senatorial district. There has never been a time when at general elections, candidates from all parts of the state have not contested in an election.

“All the time that Kwara Central, Kwara South, and even Kwara North have contested and won gubernatorial elections in the state, there was never a time anyone sat in a corner and zoned the ticket. Rather it has always been fought for and won based on merit, reach-out, and consensus.”

Ashiru, a two-time senator said although he sympathised with the Kwara North Senatorial District for being disadvantaged, power is not served a la carte.

The state governorship ticket come 2027, he noted, would not be decided out of sentiments or at the whims of a single individual.

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