2019 Election Sequence: Senate to drag Abuja Judge to Chief Justice over Electoral Act Amendment Bill

The Senate on Thursday resolved to drag a judge of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for issuing an order stopping it from further action on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018.

This followed the adoption of a Point of Order raised by the Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio at plenary.

Relying on Order 45, Akpabio urged the Senate to write to the Chief Justice of Nigeria to intimate him on the development and to remind him of the principles of separation of power.

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Wednesday restrained the National Assembly from further action on the amendment of the Electoral Act pending till March 20.

The Minority Leader, while disagreeing with the court’s action, said the issue had to do with due process and separation of powers.

“I have perused the Constitution and I think I cannot see anywhere that the court has the power to stop the proceedings of the Senate.

“If this is allowed, it therefore means that in future the court can stop the National Assembly from appropriating and the country will have no budget for the year.

“Separation of power is a core of democracy, so there is need for the Chief Justice to caution legal officers on issuing such orders geared towards interfering with other arms of government,’’ Akpabio said.

Contributing, the Senate Leader, Sen. Ahmed Lawan said amending the Electoral Act does not require court’s intervention.

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