Senate Vows To Appeal The Electoral Act Preventing Political Appointees From Participating In Elections

The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday March 23, 2022 has made a final resolution to appeal the judgment nullifying the provision of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022, made by a Federal High Court in Umuahia.

Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022 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”.

This means a political appointee (for example a minister) who intends to be a candidate for elections must resign from public office three months before the candidate’s political party holds its primaries. A person that goes against this cannot be a candidate for elections.

The chamber collectively made the decision to “appeal the judgment for the Court to set aside the judgment nullifying political appointees’ resignation”.

Senator George Thompson Sekibo, (PDP, Rivers East) questioned the court ruling, while citing Section 4 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) he stated that, the National Assembly has been granted the constitutional powers to make decisions and laws to breed peace, promote order and good governance in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The motion by Senator George Thompson Sekibo had 84 other cosponsors in the Senate.

Recall that a Federal High Court in Umuahia had ruled against the provisions of Section 84(12) Electoral Act 2022 passed by the National Assembly, in its verdict saying the section was a violation of the provisions of the Nigerian constitution.

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