Court orders Federal Government to remove section 84(12) from electoral act


The Federal High Court sitting in Umuahia, Abia State has ordered the Attorney General of the Federation to immediately delete Section 84 (12) of the Amended New Electoral Act.

The court in a judgment delivered by Justice Evelyn Anyadike held that the section was unconstitutional and invalid.

Justice Anyadike further stated that the section ought to be struck down as it cannot stand when it is in violation of the clear provisions of the Constitution.

While signing the Electoral Bill into law last month, President Buhari had asked the National Assembly to delete section 84 (12), which restricts sitting cabinet members from contesting for elective offices without resigning.

However, the Senate refused to consider the president’s request with lawmakers stressing that an amendment would be going against the civil service norms and would be injurious to the well-being of the society. To discuss this further, Adewale Ajadi legal expert joins me now.

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