Members of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, rejected an amendment bill seeking to reduce the number of political parties in the country from the over 30 that are presently registered by INEC to five.
The proposed law titled: ‘A bill for an act to alter section 40 of the constitution of FRN, 1999 Cap. C23 laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 to limit number of political parties to five and other related matters (HB 418)’ which led to a debate in the house was sponsored by Ali Mohammed Wudil (APC, Kano).
The bill, according to Wudil, seeks to allow for a manageable number of political parties that could be structured toward exerting maximum impact during electioneering periods.
He said: “This is the 7th amendment, by and large, to allow other four parties to exist along side the party which is currently in power.
“Some parties are not fit to be called parties at all by the sheer pronunciation of their names, the structure of their offices and leadership component, and as such should be removed by the provision of the amendment bill.”
The proposed law was killed by voice vote as majority of lawmakers present rejected the amendment, following a question by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.