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Judicial and electoral reforms: Reps strip Buhari of power

Judicial and electoral reforms: Reps strip Buhari of power

- The House of Representatives may soon take the decisions currently the president of Nigeria is responsible for

- The lawmakers are considering the bill that will change the judicial and electoral system in the country forever

The House of representatives have commenced the process of conferring power that is now exclusive prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari and Court of Appeal.

The lawmakers want to have rights on deciding who to appoint to the post of chairmen and members of National and State Houses of Assembly election tribunals in the 36 states and Abuja on Chief Justice of Nigeria and National Judicial Council.

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A bill sponsored by Rep. James Faleke (from APC chapter of Lagos state) and Rep. Sunday Karimi (from APC chater of Kogi), seeks to alter the section by taking the power off the Court of Appeal President.

On Wednesday, December 1, Mr Faleke explained the move: "The objective is to first and foremost contribute to the ongoing judicial and electoral reforms in the country. Secondly, to create a system of check and balance on the process of appointing these judicial officers. 

As it is now, the authority to appoint the judges for the tribunals as well as the appellate tribunal rests squarely on the president of the Court of Appeal.

This is in consultation with the Chief Judge of the state, the Grand Khadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal of the state or the president of the Customary Court of Appeal of the state, depending on the state where the said tribunal members are to be appointed from"

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According to Vanguard, the bill was unanimously adopted and passed for second reading through members’ voice votes.

It was later referred to the special ad hoc committee for review of the 1999 Constitution for further legislative action.

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