The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, rejected the call for the restructuring of the country.
At the plrnary session, the Senators also voted against the decentralization of powers from the federal to the states.
In an electronic voting process, 48 Senators voted against the devolution of power while 46 voted in in support of the planned restructuring.
75 of the lawmakers voted in favour of the submission of names of nominees for ministerial nominations thirty days after the President resumes office.
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88 of the Senators also voted for Local Government autonomy.
82 lawmakers also voted for independent candidature that allows individuals vie for elections without being members of a political party.
Here is a timeline of votes so far:
1.Authorization of Expenditure
- Devolution of Powers
- Composition of Members of Council of State
- Financial Autonomy of State Legislature
- Distributable account for LG’s to have their own special account
- Democratic Existence funding and tenure of LG council
- State creation and boundary adjustment
- Immunity for legislators for Acts in Course of Duty
- Political Parties and Electoral Matters : Time to conduct Bye Elections and Power to de-register parties
10: Presidential Assent
11: 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