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Nigeria effects court judgement allowing appointees contest elections while in office

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that the court decision permitting political appointees to run for office would be implemented.

In a statement issued Friday night, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami stated the government’s position.

The AGF said he would act “accordingly…in line with the dictates of the law and the spirit of the judgment.”

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Malami noted that the judgment will be recognized by the government printers “in printing the Electoral Act”.

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

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

President Muhammadu Buhari, while signing the Electoral Bill into law in February, asked the National Assembly to delete the section.

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It reads: “No political appointee at any level shall be voting delegate or be voted for at the Convention or Congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.”

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