… Says the Rule of Law Must Be Obeyed
The Action Democratic Party has hailed the National Assembly for amending the electoral law which negates the time table earlier released by INEC that the Presidential election will come first in the order of elections.
The party according to a statement made available by its Lagos State Spokesman, Prince Adelaja Adeoye on Saturday in Lagos, noted that the time table released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) contradicts the electoral law. He argued that the electoral law clearly states the order in which the election must be conducted.
According to the party, it says the amendments in Section 25 of the Electoral Act, 2010 is very important; noting that the reorganization of Section 25 of the principal Act which they substituted with a new Section 25 (1) will make our elections better.
Based on the amended version, the elections shall be held in the following order: (a) National Assembly elections (b) State Houses of Assembly and Governorship elections (c) Presidential election. Section 87 was also amended by adding a new Subsection (11) on the order and timing for the conduct of primaries for political parties.
The amendment stipulates that the primaries of political parties shall follow the following sequence: (i) State Houses of Assembly (ii) National Assembly (iii) Governorship, and (iv) Presidential.”
ADP said, the era where the incumbent President will use state instruments to bully citizens to assure his victory first, and then expect bandwagon effect to give victory to their party should be totally erased with the amendment of the electoral law.
The party urges both lower and upper chamber of the National Assembly to take a common position on the amendments of the electoral law, saying that it can still be done better. They have also asked the Chairman of INEC to publish a revised time table as soon as the lawmakers are done with the amendments.
ADP however charged President Buhari not to delay the assenting to the amendment bill, that he should see this as an opportunity to improve the electoral process.
Adelaja said that the rule of law must always prevail and that Nigeria is not a lawless country. Those in power should not been seen as influencing INEC as against the overall interest of all Nigerians. The party also said it is aware of the plot by the ruling APC to rig the coming general elections, that Nigerians must be awake and not fall into the anti-democratic plans of the ruling party to remain in power beyond 2019.
ADP however assured Nigerians that they will work with all citizens toward the next general elections to ensure that the best candidates emerge at all levels in their party, that Lagos will be won by their party in 2019.
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