A Federal High Court, FHC, has given the go-ahead for active politicians to participate in party primaries even while holding office as an elected leader.
Yesterday, the court sitting in Umuahia, Abia State, gave an order that makes it possible for political appointees to seek elective offices in the country without first quitting their positions before the primaries of their political parties.
However, the ruling by the Abia court is in line with an opinion by President Muhammadu Buhari that the section of the electoral act mandates such appointees to resign before the party primaries disenfranchise them, and is against their fundamental human rights.
Federal High Court Asks Malami to Remove Unwanted Section from Electoral Act
One of the actions of the court is its ruling on Friday, Where it ordered the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, to delete section 84 (12) from the amended Electoral Act which was recently signed by the President.
The ruling was made following an ex-parte motion filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seeking an order of court restraining the National Assembly from effecting President Buhari’s request to remove section 84 (12) from the amended Electoral Act.