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Underage marriage: Ondo Senator weeps, says I ‘voted in error’

The Senator representing Ondo Central, Ayo Akinyelure, on Monday apologized to the people of the state for supporting underage marriage law.

He said he voted in error.

The Senator, who was summoned to a stakeholders’ meeting at Adegbemile Cultural Central Hall in Akure, to explain why he backed the law, urged the people to count it as part of human errors which could be committed by anyone.

Akinyelure, who is popularly known as ”Allover” could not control himself as he wept profusely like a baby in the presence of his people after prostrating to them, seeking forgiveness.

The lawmaker, while defending himself on the issue, claimed that he mistakenly pressed “NO” instead of “YES” when the lawmakers embarked on voting since the voting style was electronic.

He said, “Nobody is above human error. What happened has made me to become wiser, because nobody is perfect except God. I will like to make the following clarification on the subject matter to correct the wrong allegations of voting in favour of underage marriage as widely reported in the national dailies.

“Before this issue occurred, what the Senate considered for determination under the review of the Nigerian Constitution was renunciation of citizenship under the Constitution as contained in section 29 (4b) which provides that ‘any woman who married shall be deemed to be a full age.’ it is worthy of note that full age has been defined under section 29 (4a) to mean the age of 18 years and above.”

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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