FG will implement a court judgement that would remove a part of the electoral statute that prevents political appointees from contesting elections – Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has stated that the federal government will seek court order to have section 84 (12) of the modified Electoral Act, 2022 removed.


The Section was annulled by Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State, on Friday March 18, citing breach of the Constitution.


The section would be repealed, according to Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).


Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, his media aide, issued the following statement:


“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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