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Getting 50% of the vote should be required to become president, says Chidoka

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Osita Chidoka, a former minister of aviation, has advocated amending the Nigerian Constitution and electoral regulations to declare any presidential candidate who does not receive more than 50% of the total votes cast in a general election ineligible for office.

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The claim was made on Wednesday by Chidoka, a PDP official, during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

He asserted that President Bola Tinubu’s electoral victory in the most recent presidential election placed him in a “serious minority” and made it impossible for him to advance a “big agenda” like eliminating the gasoline subsidy and merging the foreign currency windows.

Where no contender receives more than 50% of the vote overall, the former minister urged runoff elections for the presidency.

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Election of a President with 33% of the Votes Keeps the President in Serious Minority, Making It Difficult to Push Big Agenda, He Said. “I Think We Need to Amend Our Laws to Make It That Any Presidential Candidate Who Doesn’t Make 50 Plus 1 of the Votes Cast in an Election Should Go for a Runoff,” he Said.

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