Buhari Lacks Power To Seek Electoral Act Amendment –Wike.
Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has indicated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter to the National Assembly asking to change Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act of 2022 was written in bad faith.
The governor said that the president lacked the authority to decide whether Section 84(12), which he argues will disenfranchise serving political officeholders, is in violation with the 1999 Constitution as amended.
In an interview with Channels TV on Friday night, the governor said that the president was usurping the judiciary’s jurisdiction to interpret the law by criticizing Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act.
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This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, and made available to newsmen.
“Unfortunately, what we have today is where the executive arm has taken the position and the role of the judiciary of interpreting the law.
“The legislature said this is what we have done, it is not the duty of Mr President to interpret that Act.
“The duty of Mr President is to assent to the bill, let those who are affected if at all, go to the court to challenge that particular provision. And not for Mr President to write to National Assembly to say there is a conflict.
‘That is a usurpation of the power of the judiciary. You want to make the judiciary to be idle,” Wike stated.
He described the recent passage of the bill granting full financial and administrative autonomy to local governments by the National Assembly as a welcome development.
“I believe that the local government should be autonomous, and the only way you solve this problem is that funds allocated and meant for local government should go to them directly.” he added.