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Reps Praise Supreme Court Ruling On Section 84 (12) Of Electoral Act

The House of Representatives has lauded the Supreme Court’s decision to reject President Muhammadu Buhari’s petition challenging Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Amendment Act 2022.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, Rep. Benjamin Kalu, the spokesperson for the House, expressed his gratitude.

The court determined on June 24 that the President lacked the jurisdiction to direct the National Assembly to amend or pass a bill, citing that this violated the separation of powers principle.

According to the decision, the Constitution does not contain any language requiring the President’s approval before using his or her legislative jurisdiction.

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The House of Representatives, according to Kalu, was happy with the Supreme Court’s ruling and did not expect anything less considering that the judges were well educated academics.

“These are people who have followed the trend of event and understand the separation of power and the mandate of each arm of government.

“They understand that the separation of power is one of the tools of democracy and each arms focuses on the responsibilities of their mandate,” he said.

He claimed that the legislative authority of the House served to fill in any gaps left by the Federal Republic of Nigeria Constitution.

He asserted that the House of Representatives could only do this by examining section 84 (12) of the Electoral Amendment Act.

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The House of Representatives has lauded the Supreme Court’s decision to reject President Muhammadu Buhari’s petition challenging Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Amendment Act 2022.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, Rep. Benjamin Kalu, the spokesperson for the House, expressed his gratitude.

The court determined on June 24 that the President lacked the jurisdiction to direct the National Assembly to amend or pass a bill, citing that this violated the separation of powers principle.

According to the decision, the Constitution does not contain any language requiring the President’s approval before using his or her legislative jurisdiction.

READ MORE: ICPC Recovers Multibillion-Naira Cash, Rolex Watches From Buratai’s Abuja Home

The House of Representatives, according to Kalu, was happy with the Supreme Court’s ruling and did not expect anything less considering that the judges were well educated academics.

“These are people who have followed the trend of event and understand the separation of power and the mandate of each arm of government.

“They understand that the separation of power is one of the tools of democracy and each arms focuses on the responsibilities of their mandate,” he said.

He claimed that the legislative authority of the House served to fill in any gaps left by the Federal Republic of Nigeria Constitution.

He asserted that the House of Representatives could only do this by examining section 84 (12) of the Electoral Amendment Act.

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