NIGERIA: Supreme Court Judgement on Section 84(12) Victory for Democracy, Says House

Nigerian House of RepresentativesAbuja, June 26.– The House of Representatives has hailed the Supreme Court for striking out the suit filed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, seeking to void the provision of section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

Section 84 (12) of the Act states that, “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.”

President Buhari and Malami had on April 29, dragged the National Assembly to the Supreme Court over the section, arguing that it is in conflict with provisions of the constitution.

In a counter-affidavit filed by the parliament, the lawmakers argued that the constitution empowers them to make laws, and therefore, urged the Apex Court to strike out the suit instituted by President Buhari and AGF.

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