Nigeria: Appeal Court Upholds N/Assembly Power To Alter Sequence of 2019 Elections

A Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed the powers of the National Assembly to alter sequence of the 2019 general elections. The court also dismissed the judgement of a Federal High Court in Abuja, which on April 25 stopped the National Assembly from overriding the assent of the President in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, 2018.

The Court in a unanimous judgment delivered by the President of the court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, held that the decision of the trial court in delving into the matter amounted to a breach of the Doctrine of Separation of Powers.

She said the bill changing the election timetable was pursuant to the powers of the National Assembly under Section 4(1) of the 1999 Constitution, saying it will only become law after been signed by the president.

The originating summons by the Accord Party failed to establish how its rights and obligations were adversely affected by the election reordering bill, but designed to obstruct the legislative function of the National Assembly, she added.

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