The Supreme Court of Nigeria

24.06.2022 Featured Supreme Court Throws Out Buhari, Malami’s Application for the Removal of Section 84 of Electoral Act

Published 24th Jun, 2022

By Basit Jamiu

The Supreme Court has ruled out the case filed by Attorney General Abubakar Malami and President Muhammadu Buhari, which seeks to delete Section 84 (12) of the already signed 2022 Electoral Ammendment Act.

On ruling out the suit, the court said it was an abuse of court process, indicating that the request is not in tandem with the Nigerian constitution.

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“There is no provision in the constitution that vests the president the power to challenge the constitutionality or desirability of a legislation after he has assented or denied his assent. In this case, the president gave his assent,” a seven-member panel of justices led by Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad was quoted to have said.

According to Daily Trust, the apex court also said the president has no power to make such a request and that the National Assembly is not under constitutional compulsion to grant such an amendment request.

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The section President Buhari seeks to delete reads: “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.”

Published 24th Jun, 2022

By Basit Jamiu


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