Festus Keyamo, a senior lawyer in Nigeria, has commented on the Labour Party’s and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, assertion that, in accordance with section 134(2) of the nation’s Constitution, Bola Tinubu of the APC is ineligible to take office as president because he did not receive at least 25% of the vote in Abuja.
According to Section 134(2) of the 1999 Constitution, a candidate must get at least one-quarter of the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of the States that make up the federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory in order to be proclaimed the victor of the presidency….. Continue Reading
Festus Keyamo said in an interview with Channels TV that despite what the Labour Party and Peter Obi claim, it is not necessary for Tinubu to receive 25% of the vote in Abuja and that they have been concealing section 299 of the Constitution.
In a YouTube clip that was posted at 27:06, Keyamo remarked
“Read section 134 in conjunction, like I said the Constitution must be read as a community, read it in conjunction with section 299 which they have been hiding from Nigerians. Section 134 is an inclusive provision, a provision that tries to include Abuja as one of the States.
“What that last phrase (in section 134) means is just to confirm to people that Abuja should be calculated along with it. In practical terms, it means that if I need to get 25 percent in 24 States and I now get 25 percent in 23 States and the FCT, what it simply means is that FCT will be calculated as a State so that you have met the requirement”.
The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, shall be subject to the provisions of this Constitution as if it were one of the States of the Federation, as stated in Section 299 of the Constitution……. Read more