The Senate has kicked against a bill proposing to legalise rotation of power in Nigeria across the six Geo-Political zones, on Tuesday
The Bill titled; “A Bill for an Act to provide for the Rotation of Power and Other Related Matters therein 2022,’’ was sponsored by Senator Patrick Moro, representing Benue South.
The bill had come up for second reading at plenary but the Senators kicked against it as it is contrary to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.
Moro in his debate said; “If there is a law on power rotation in Nigeria, it will help to ameliorate the squabble for power particularly the Presidency across the various six Geo-Political zones and also promote unity in the Country.”
Senator Bala Na’ Allah, who is representing Kebbi South was the first to oppose the motion.
He said; “In as much as it is good for power to rotate across the various divides in the country, none of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution gives room for that because it throws such privilege open to all Nigerians at all times.
“Without legislation or law on power rotation, a minority like former President Goodluck Jonathan became President of this country few years back just as we have a minority in the person of our revered President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, leading the 9th Senate.
“So, I don’t think there is any need for a specific law to be put in place for power rotation and even if any move is to be made in that direction, it has to be through Constitution amendment.’’
The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege also kicked against the bill, making similar submissions like Bala Na’Allah.
However, Senator Moro withdrew the bill through Order 42 of the Senate Standing Rules.