The Senate has approved for second reading an amendment bill that was sponsored by Senator Istifanus Gyang (Plateau North) which concerns Higher National Diploma or its equivalent as the educational qualification needed for any Nigerian Presidential or gubernatorial aspirant.

The Bill tagged: “A Bill for an Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for the amendment of Sections 65 (2) (a), 131 (d), Section 106 (c) and Section 177 (d) therein, to provide for minimum qualification for election into the National and States Assembly, Office of the President and Governors, and other related matters, 2020”.

The Bill seeks to alter Section 131 (d) which deals with minimum requirements for anyone running for the Office of the President.

Section 131 (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) states that the person seeking the office of the President must “been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.

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