Lawan protests court order barring senate from executing Buhari’s order

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has protested an order of court barring the Senate from complying with President Muhammadu Buhari’s request on deletion of section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act.

President Buhari had said the clause aimed at disenfrashing political appointees.

“The judge in a ruling on an ex-parte application by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the electoral act, having become valid law, could not be altered without following the due process of law,” the senate president said.

“I find it very necessary to talk at this point because with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, our governance system is based on the presidential system of government where there is a clear cut separation of powers and exercise of powers.

“The judiciary under no circumstance can stop the legislature, the national assembly from performing its legislative duties. We know what our due processes are.

“Just like we won’t venture into what the judiciary does, the judiciary should understand that we have our processes. I believe the members of the national assembly know their work, know their onions and would do that is right.

“This is due process, we are not doing anything outside the law. It is within our exclusive right to consider whatever request we receive from Nigerians either from the executive or private members bill,” he said.

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