The House of Representatives may today join the Senate in dumping the proposed autonomy for local government councils in the country.
The lower chamber of the National Assembly is expected to commence voting on the report of its Ad hoc Committee on Constitution Review tomorrow, but there are strong indications that the local government councils will not get the desired autonomy.
THISDAY checks revealed that the main opposition party, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), had already mobilised the opposition camp to vote against it.
However, the leadership of the House has insisted, that legislators should vote in line with the exact position of their constituents as contained in the report of the Peoples Public Sessions.
The voting, which would be on the electronic platform, would begin at 10a.m.
The process, THISDAY learnt, would be beamed live on national television.
Although, about 330 out of 360 federal constituencies voted for local government autonomy during the public hearings held across the country, the leadership of the ACN has not hidden its opposition to the idea.
It was gathered that lawmakers elected on the platform of the ACN have received specific instructions to vote against local government autonomy and to mobilise other colleagues to do same.
Minority Leader of the House and leader of the ACN Caucus, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, said as a progressive party, ACN intends to act in the best interest of its constituents.
“ACN is a progressive party and we intend to act in the best interest of our constituents and Nigeria as we have always done on all issues,” he said.
In the mean time, the leadership of the House, which had all along promoted local government autonomy appears disturbed at the emerging scenario.
According to a source, the decision to deploy the electronic voting platform for tomorrow’s voting was to ensure that every vote did not only count but traceable to the voter.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, had last week urged the lawmakers to endeavour to come along with their copies of the Peoples Public Sessions as that would serve as a guide to each lawmaker during the voting.
The House had twice last week postponed the voting on the report. On Tuesday, the report was deferred, following confusion over the appropriate procedure to adopt in handling it.
The following day, it was also postponed in honour of Senator Pius Ewherido, a member of the Upper Chamber who died two weeks ago.