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25% Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Votes: ‘When Lagos Was Capital City, Did It Enjoy Higher Status In Any Election?’ – Adegoke

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Kunle Adegoke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has stated that when Lagos State was the capital city of Nigeria it did not enjoy a superior status compared to other states of the federation in presidential elections.

He made this known during an interview with TVC where he spoke about the insinuation in some quarters that a presidential candidate must secure up to 25 percent of the votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja in order to be declared the winner of the election.

Adegoke said if we require presidential candidates to get at least 25 percent of the votes in Abuja it would be like saying that Abuja has a superior status than the 36 states in Nigeria, and Lagos State did not have such privileged status when it was the capital city of Nigeria.

In Adegoke’s words: “It is wrong to say that 25 percent of votes in Abuja is a prerequisite before a person could be declared winner of a presidential election. Assuming I won the election in the 36 states of the federation but I now fail to secure 25 percent of votes cast in Abuja, does it mean that I can not be declared winner? Would it not be tantamount to saying that Abuja enjoys a status higher and above the status of other states of the federation?

“In the past when Lagos was the capital city, did it enjoy higher status in any election? Did we not conduct elections in Nigeria before Abuja became the Federal Capital Territory in 1991? Abuja is just like a state of the federation by the provisions of the Constitution, it can not enjoy a superior status than any other federating units”.….CONTINUE.FULL.READING>>>

Watch the interview HERE

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