Senators in the plenary on Tuesday strongly rejected a bill to legalize power rotation in Nigeria across six geopolitical zones.
The bill sponsored by Senator Patrick Moro of Benue South sparked heated debate on the floor because it was primarily supported by the majority caucus.
Senator Moro, in his lead debate on the piece of legislation titled, “A Bill for an Act to provide for the Rotation of Power and Other Related Matters therein 2022,” stated, “If there is a law on power rotation in Nigeria, it will help to ameliorate the squabble for power, particularly the Presidency across the various six geo-political zones, and also promote unity in the country.”
Bala Na’ Allah, the APC senator representing Kebbi South, was the first to object, claiming that the bill should have been presented as one seeking to amend relevant provisions of the Constitution rather than simply seeking legislation from the Senate or, by extension, the National Assembly.
In his contribution, Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) also lobbied against the bill, making similar arguments as Bala Na’Allah, nd many others.
Following other reservations, Senator Moro hurriedly withdrew the bill through Order 42 of the Senate Standing Rules.