President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the ruling by the Federal High Court in Abuja, won’t stop the National Assembly from amending the Electoral Act.
The court in a ruling delivered on Monday by Inyang Ekwo, on an ex-parte application by the People’s Democratic Party, barred President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Senate President from tampering with the newly amended Electoral Act 2022.
The Court maintained that the Electoral Act having become a valid law could not be altered without following the due process of law.
The Senate President, while reacting to the ruling by the Federal High Court said the same violated the provisions of the 1999 Constitution on Separation of Powers.
“The judge in a ruling on an ex-parte application by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the electoral act, having become valid law, could not be altered without following the due process of law,” the senate president said.
“I find it very necessary to talk at this point because with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, our governance system is based on the presidential system of government where there is a clear cut separation of powers and exercise of powers.
“The judiciary under no circumstance can stop the legislature, the national assembly from performing its legislative duties. We know what our due processes are.
“Just like we won’t venture into what the judiciary does, the judiciary should understand that we have our processes. I believe the members of the national assembly know their work, know their onions and would do that is right.
“This is due process, we are not doing anything outside the law. It is within our exclusive right to consider whatever request we receive from Nigerians either from the executive or private members bill.”
In his concluding remarks, the Senate President said, it is within the National Assembly exclusive right to consider whatever request it received from Nigerians either from the Executive or private members Bill.