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Senator Stella Oduah Wants INEC to Include Independent Candidacy in Electoral Act



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Stella Oduah

Senator Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to include independent candidacy in the Electoral Act.

Oduah, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the inclusion would detribalise Nigeria and end god fatherism.

“I have been proposing a bill and I think I would continue to push it: that bill is called Independent Candidate Bill. I believe people should have a choice; if our constitution guarantees us that choice, then the Electoral Act itself should address that and allow us the option.

You do not have to belong to a political party, it should be a choice to belong or not to belong. And so, the issue of Godfather and Godmothers would disappear. I am really hopeful that that will happen so that people will get the best,” she said.

She said Nigeria was long overdue to have independent candidacy, stressing that with independent candidates, the right people would always come out to contest in elections.

Oduah argued that most times, the candidates fielded by political parties were usually not the choice of the people, thereby hindering the right people from emerging.

“The people that really lose at the end of the day are the (citizens) and these are the people we say that we are representing and therefore we should give them the option to choose who they want to represent them.

If Mr A belongs to AC party or DB party and I don’t want to vote for him, and Okey comes and I know his antecedents, then I should vote for him regardless of the party.

I think if we really want to detribalise this nation, we need to encourage independent candidates. But why not, if they have them in America and the UK why can’t we
have them in Nigeria?” Oduah said.

NAN reports that the Bill for an Act to allow for independent candidacy had featured on the Order Paper of the Senate four times but was not considered.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Antecedent counts.

    May 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Not bad,but the state government must start to function well,if Nigeria is to be detribalised,there should be reference point,of more outstanding governors or public officials,that stood out when in office and did not steal,and fraudulently enrich themselves,or buy two cars for billions of Naira,when they are independently in office.

  2. Lade

    May 24, 2016 at 12:43 pm


  3. Prince

    May 24, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Criminal. where she hide since

    • abi

      May 24, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Scape goat more like.

  4. Pat

    May 24, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    All should not be about taking public office,people that genuinely want to help the people can also do their bit without seeking political office.

  5. FinchleysFinest

    May 24, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Stella still has face to talk in this country???


    • Nkechi

      May 24, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Stella may have her own issues but she has a point here.

  6. GoodGuy

    May 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    This woman still get mouth to talk?

  7. LOLZ

    May 24, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Joker of the century. Your staffs in Lagos have not been paid salary, you sacked them in droves how many months ago after owing salaries for 8 months……………JESUS, are you kidding me right now? You really have no shame, a woman that pays 30000( Thirty Thousand Naira) to B.Sc graduate and owes her staffs, no medical , transport or meal allowance, no promotion letter. But her children attend British international and the others school out of the country, go and hide your head in shame. All the multiple companies you opened to get contract from NNPC is coming to haunt you. Watch out

  8. Stella haba

    May 24, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Very sad,paying three thousand Naira,that can’t be possible now,can you sustain this brutal accusation please?

    • Netizen

      May 25, 2016 at 12:57 am

      Thirty thousand naira

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