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2019 Hajj: Reps call for adjustment of INEC general election timetable

2019 Hajj: Reps call for adjustment of INEC general election timetable

The House of Representatives has rejected the new executive order on corruption recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This followed a motion sponsored by Representative Nicholas Ossai from Delta seeking the suspend the order.
Ossai said the executive order, among other things, contradicts the recovery of public property act which vests the federal high court with powers to direct; or prohibit any disposition of properties belonging to persona under investigation.
“The executive order number is similar to the dreaded decree number 2 of 1984 that could be used as an instrument to hunt, traumatize, harass and victimize perceived political opponents,” he said.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had last week signed an executive aimed at restraining owners of assets under investigation access to them.
The president had said the order would help boost his administration’s fight against corruption.
Representative Bode Ayorinde from Ondo said the order is against the principles of democracy.

“we are in a democracy and there is a clear separation of powers, this should not be allowed.”

Similarly, Representative Hamman-Julde Garba representing Bali/Gassol accused the president of deploying the order to witch-hunt critics and opposition. According to him, the order is dictatorship spicing democracy.

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The House also resolved to invite Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation; and Kefas Magaji, chairman of Nigerian Law Reform Commission, to appear before the house and submit a list of all subsidiary legislation in Nigeria within two weeks

They also resolved to set up an ad hoc committee that will investigate all subsidiary legislation and executive orders in Nigeria.

In a separate motion, the House of Representatives has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adjust its time table for the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly primaries to enable Nigerian Muslim politicians attend the hajj pilgrimage.The appeal followed a motion titled “Urgent Need for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to Adjust its Time Table for the Conduct of Presidential and National Assembly Primary Elections” sponsored by Hon. Abdullahi Balarabe Salame from Sokoto State.

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