Electoral Act: We Still Have Options On NASS Refusal On Amendment – Malami

Electoral Act: We Still Have Options On NASS Refusal On Amendment – Malami

Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would explore the available options to deal with the National Assembly’s refusal to review the recently signed Electoral Act, 2022.

It would be recalled that President Buhari had after signing the bill into law on February 25, requested the National Assembly to reconsider and delete Section 84(12) of the Act, noting that its provision was at variance with that of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

However, responding to questions from State House Correspondents after the virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Malami said the administration has not taken any position yet on the National Assembly’s refusal to revisit the Act.

He said government has three options available to it following the National Assembly’s turning down of the president’s request including asking again for reconsideration, approaching the court or accepting the law as it is.

Malami affirmed that while it is the responsibility of the lawmakers to legislate, if it becomes necessary, the federal government will exploit all the options available to it.

But he maintained that government is yet to take a conclusive stand as to what it will do on the matter.

Also speaking on the extradition of DCP Abba Kyari as requested by the United States government, Malami noted that there has been a misconception on the issue, arguing that the request is still being processed.

He regretted what he called a misunderstanding created around the issue by the media, urging them to get a grip of the facts to avoid creating confusion.