Senator representing Ondo Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly Senator, Ayo Akinyelure wept profusely publicly for being the only senator from the South-West that supported the inclusion of underage marriage in the constitution. At a meeting in Akure,Akinyelure said there was a misinterpretation of the vote on his part.The senator while explaining, burst into tears when he saw the anger of the people against his action.
Before the commencement of the meeting, some angry youths against his position, clashed with the Senator’s supporters and it took the intervention of policemen to stop the uprising from degenerating into a bloodbath.
Akinyelure said what he voted in favour was that whether a married woman is deemed to be of full age to renounce her Nigerian citizenship and not whether a woman can marry before attaining the age of 18 years.
The Senator said he cannot vote in support of the child marriage, saying, “ I cannot vote in support of child marriage. I cannot support an under-age to go and marry, it is against our culture and custom