A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital has ruled that the National Assembly does not have the power to amend the election timetable of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
ALEDEH recalls the National Assembly Conference Committee on Electoral Act (amendment) bill had adopted a reordered sequence of the 2019 general election, putting the presidential election last. The National Assembly transmitted the bill to President Muhammadu Buhari who rejected it.
Giving reasons for his decision, President Buhari said the amendments if allowed to pass violate parts of the constitution.
Shortly after President Buhari rejected the bill some lawmakers said the national assembly would evoke its powers under section 58(5) of the 1999 constitution to override the president.
However, Accord Party through its counsel, Wole Olanipekun, filed an application to stop the lawmakers from tampering with the electoral act.
Though the move to amend the timetable sparked controversy among the lawmakers, ALEDEH recalls that two-thirds of the assembly were in support of the bill.