Section 84 (12): Buhari, Malami Take NASS To Supreme Court

Mon May 16th, 2022 - Abia

President Muhammadu Buhari and the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN) have filed a suit at the Supreme Court, seeking an interpretation of the controversial Section 84(12) in the Electoral Amendment Act 2022.

In the suit, Malami listed the National Assembly as the sole defendant.

Section 84 (12) has been a subject of litigation and political debate since President Buhari signed the amended Electoral Act 2022 into law in February this year.

Shortly after signing it into law, Buhari had urged the parliament to delete the controversial clause in the Electoral Act, but the National Assembly declined the president’s request.

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According to Section 84 (12) of the legislation, “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.”

On March 18, 2022, the Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State, struck out Section 84 (12) on the ground that it was in conflict with some sections of the Nigerian constitution.

But last week, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, set the judgement aside.




source: Leadership