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Obtaining Fifty Percent Of The Vote Should Be Required For The Presidency

Former Minister of Aviation Osita Chidoka has proposed amending the Nigerian Constitution and electoral laws to disqualify from office any presidential candidate who receives less than fifty percent of the total votes cast in a general election.

Chidoka, a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made this claim on Wednesday’s Sunrise Daily on Channels Television.

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He claimed that the votes President Bola Tinubu received in the last presidential election placed him in a “serious minority” that made it difficult for him to advance “big agenda” items such as the removal of petrol subsidies and the consolidation of foreign exchange windows.

The former minister proposed runoffs for presidential elections in which no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote.

“I believe we need to amend our laws so that any presidential candidate who receives less than 50 plus one percent of the votes cast in an election must go to a runoff,” he said. “Electing a President with only 33 percent of the vote keeps him in a serious minority, which makes it difficult for him to push his agenda.”

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