By Sola Ebiseni
LAST WEEK, we threw our hats into the ring on the debate of what the vexed Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act portends for Nigeria and its perpetually nascent democracy. We sided with President Muhammadu Buhari and others on a non-partisan basis who reasoned that the section is an unnecessary clog in the wheel of the nation’s politics.
To us, the National Assembly has no altruistic or justifiable reason for section 84 (12) which provides that: “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”.
Though we disagreed with the premise of the judgement of the Federal High Court Umuahia which set aside the section on the grounds that the Constitution has covered the field where it provides for resignation of public officers not less than 30 days before the holding of the election in which he or she…
Source: Vanguard Newspaper