Donald Duke Hails Reps For Approving Independent Candidature

Donald Duke 2Former Gov. Donald Duke of Cross River and some other politicians on Saturday in Lagos hailed the House of Representatives’ approval of independent candidature for future elections.

The politicians told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in interviews that the approval would strengthen Nigeria’s democracy and promote the right of an individual to vote and be voted for.

NAN reports that the House of Representatives approved independent candidacy on July 24 during a clause by clause voting on the report of its Ad-hoc Committee on Amendment of the 1999 Constitution.

Duke described the lawmakers’ decision as a step in the right direction.

He said that America was doing same, and that Nigeria needed to take any steps that would deepen its democracy.

“It will be a good development if we should have it; if a candidate goes for an election and loses, he or she will have to go and rest,” he told NAN.

The former governor, however, advised that the initiative should be properly implemented to make it a success.

“Before you qualify for election, you must have a certain number of people to endorse your candidature.

“Otherwise, you find out that there are 200 people contesting an election,” the former governor said. (NAN)