FG will effect court ruling deleting electoral act section which bars political appointees from contesting elections – Malami

Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) has said that the federal government will effect a judgment which ordered the removal of section 84 (12) of the amended Electoral Act, 2022.


BU Media reported earlier that a Federal High Court sitting in Umuahia, Abia State, on Friday March 18, nullified the Section, saying it is a violation of the provisions of the Constitution.


Speaking on the development, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said the section will be deleted.


A statement released by his media aide Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, reads; 


“The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice will accordingly give effect to the court judgement in line with the dictates of the law and the spirit of the judgement.

“The judgement of the court will be recognized by the Government printers in printing the Electoral Act.

“The Act will be gazetted factoring the effect of the judgement into consideration and deleting the constitutionally offensive provision accordingly.

“The provision of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022 is not part of our law and will be so treated accordingly.

“This is in line with the dictates of chapter 7, Part 4, Section 287 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) on enforcement of decisions that makes it a point of duty and obligation on all authorities and persons to have the judgment of the federal High Court, among others, to be enforced.”

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