The call for Restructuring Nigerian suffers a very big setback as Senate on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, rejected the call for restructuring.
The lawmakers voted against the devolution of powers from the federal to the states.
In an electronic voting process at plenary, forty-eight of the Senators voted against the devolution of power while forty-six voted in in favour of the planned restructuring.
88 of the Senators also voted for Local Government autonomy.
75 lawmakers voted in support of the submission of names of nominees for ministerial nominations thirty days after the President resumes office.
82 lawmakers also voted for independent candidature which allows individuals contest for elections without being members of a political party.
The events in the Senate today are exactly why Nnamdi is winning the ideological battle. He has apparently looked at the Nigerian situation and the characters running it. He has seen the entrenched position of the North and their unwillingness to relinquish the skewed advantage bequeathed to them by Northern military heads of states. He has probably come to the sad conclusion that the north will never allow any meaningful restructuring of this country.
Here is a timeline of votes :
1.Authorization of Expenditure
2,Devolution of Powers
3,Composition of Members of Council of State
4,Financial Autonomy of State Legislature
5,Distributable account for LG’s to have their own special account
6,Democratic Existence funding and tenure of LG council
7,State creation and boundary adjustment
8,Immunity for legislators for Acts in Course of Duty
9.Political Parties and Electoral Matters : Time to conduct Bye Elections and Power to de-register parties
10, Presidential Assent
11a: Time frame for submission of names of ministerial nominees
11b: Submission of Ministerial Nominees with their Portfolios
11c: 35% affirmative action for women as ministers
11d: Submission of Commissioners Nominees with their Portfolios
11e: Submission of names of office of commissioners shall be attached with portfolio
11f: 35% Affirmative action for women as States Commissioners
12: Appointment of Minister from the FCT
13: Change of names of some LG councils: Ebonyi, Oyo, Ogun, Pleateau and Rivers.
14: Independent Candidacy
15: The Nigeria Police Force to become Nigerian Police