NASS Will Demur Court Judgment Stopping Re-Ordering Of Election Sequence – Lawmaker
A House of Representatives member, Mr. Peter Akpatason (Edo-APC), has expressed optimism that Supreme Court will upturn Abuja High Court’s ruling that National Assembly has no powers to change elections sequence.
Akpatason informed the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja that the court docket’s ruling was an try and impede legislative course of.
According to him, the court docket’s ruling negates the provisions of the regulation.
He mentioned that the court docket would have allowed the National Assembly to finish the whole strategy of election sequence earlier than providing its opinion, based mostly on the place of the regulation.
“I believe within the first place, it’s anticipated that the court docket ought to have allowed the whole course of to be accomplished after which, they will go forward and provides an opinion about it, based mostly on the place of regulation.
“Ideally, that is an ongoing course of, and till a invoice turns into regulation, an try by the court docket to adjudicate over it’s going to quantity to obstructing legislative course of and it’s towards the provisions of the regulation.
“In any case, as an individual, I don’t suppose it’s proper; I don’t suppose it’s right that the legislature doesn’t have the powers to legislate on the sequence of elections.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that they’re speaking about is a creation of a bit of laws and we have now the ability to overview, enhance upon and to abrogate any piece of laws,” the lawmaker mentioned.
He disclosed that the management of the National Assembly would attraction the court docket’s verdict on the Supreme Court.
“I don’t see how it may be defended anyplace that the legislature doesn’t have the powers.
“I’m a type of legislators who consider that the matter must be taken to the Supreme Court.
“We have seen conditions like this prior to now the place the decrease court docket’s intervention to resolve a specific drawback even when it’s clear to them that in the end, on the Supreme Court, the scenario goes to vary.
“I wish to consider that’s what we have now in our fingers proper now. Definitely we’re going to reverse it on the stage of the Supreme Court,” he mentioned.