Senate says amendment for 2022 electoral bill will commence despite warning from federal high court.
Written by News Room on March 9, 2022
The Senate said it would amend the 2022 Electoral Act, disregarding a Federal High Court order stopping it from effecting changes to the newly amended Act.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said this, on Tuesday, during the first reading of the amendment of the Electoral Act.
According to him, the constitution orders separation of powers, and that the judiciary cannot stop another arm of government from performing its roles in a democracy.
It would be recalled that the court, in a ruling delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, on Monday, March 7, specifically barred all the defendants in the suit from removing section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act or preventing it from being implemented for the purpose of the 2023 general elections.
Ruling on an ex-parte application by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Justice Ekwo agreed with the counsel to the party, James Onoja, that the Electoral Act has become a valid law and cannot be interfered with without following due process of law.