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4 qualifications Nigerian politicians need to run for elective office

4 qualifications Nigerian politicians need to run for elective office

For days now, the topic on the lips of most Nigerians has been Senator Dino Melaye’s certificate scandal.

Malaye is not the only Nigerian politician that has been involved in certificate scandal. Some others have been caught up in this and have had to step down after reports surfaced that they used fake certificates to contest for elective office.

During the 4th assembly, Salisu Buhari was accused of certificate forgery shortly after he was elected by members of the House of Representatives elected him as speaker.

Some claimed to have attended certain schools only for the school to debunk their claims.

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What is really needed to contest for an elective office in Nigeria that some politicians have to present fake certificates?

NAIJ.com brings you a list of the requirements needed to run for elective offices according to the Nigerian constitution.

1. You must be a citizen of Nigeria.

2. You must possess/produce educational qualification of at least Secondary School Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.

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3. The age differs for different position.

  • President/vice president – 40 years
  • Governor/deputy governor – 35 years
  • Senate – 35 years
  • House of Representatives – 30 years
  • House of Assembly – 30 years
  • Chairman of area council – 30 years
  • Councillor of area council – 25 years

4. You must be a member of a political party and must be sponsored by that party.

Following reports that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state may ban motorcycles, the Lagosian in the video below said residents will not vote for him in 2019.

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