BREAKING: Malami to remove ‘offensive’ section of 2022 electoral law

The office of the Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said it would give effect to the court’s judgment which declared Section 84(12) of the Elections Act illegal.

The article prohibits political appointees from voting or being elected.

But a Federal High Court sitting in Abia declared it illegal today (Friday).

Justice Evelyn Anyadike found the section to be against the 1999 constitution, adding that the AGF should remove it.

The AGF said it was acting in accordance with the precepts of the law and the spirit of the judgment.

Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, (Special Assistant for Media and Public Relations, Office of the Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice), disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

It reads:

“The judgment of the Court will be recognized by the government printers when printing the electoral law.

The law will be published in the Official Gazette taking into account the effect of the judgment and removing the constitutionally offensive provision accordingly.

“The provision of section 84(12) of the Elections Act 2022 does not form part of our law and will be dealt with accordingly.

“This is in line with the precepts of Chapter 7, Part 4, Section 287 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) on the enforcement of decisions which makes it a duty and obligation for all authorities and persons from whom the judgment of the Federal High Court, among others, is carried out.

Source: taken from The Whistler.