25% FCT PROVISION: WE WILL CONSULT WIDELY TO ADDRESS THE AMBIGUITY – HOUSE OF REP MEMBER

Honourable Sada Jibiya, a member of the Federal House of assembly representing Jibia/Kaita Constituency in the 10th National Assembly has commented on the ongoing controversies that rage on the 25% FCT votes as stipulated in the electoral act as condition for declaring a presidential candidate the winner of the election.  In the comment, Sada Jibiya, a member of the ruling Action Progress Congress said the provision is an ambiguous statement which must be made clearer.  He therefore assured that there will be a wide range of consultation within the National assembly to set the statement straight.

Further in the comment, he declared that the provision says “and 25% in the FCT”.  He interpreted this as meaning that the word “and” in the provision means in addition to the states.  This according to him means that FCT is not treated as an entity but as part of the states where altogether, 25% votes must be gotten.  

The controversial constitution provision in Section 134 (2) (a) and (b) states that a candidate must (a) have the highest number of votes cast at the election; and (b) have not less than 25% of votes cast in two-third of all the States in the Federation and the FCT before he can be declared as president.  The ambiguity of this provision has brought confusion on the status of the FCT in the context of whether it is to be treated as part of the states where 25% must be scored by a presidential candidate, or as an entity where presidential candidate must have 25% to emerge as president.

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