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Sequence of elections:. Senate asks Courts to respect separation of powers

Nigeria Senate Thursday reacted to a judgement delivered by Justice Ahmed Mohammed of Abuja division of the Federal High Court which stated that neither the President, nor the National Assembly should go ahead on the sequence of elections bill, telling the Court to hands off issues not within its jurisdiction.

Senate said, it’s aware of its statutory powers of the next line of action on refusal of presidential assent to sequence of election, stating any injunction or restraining order constitutes abuse of separation of powers.

Speaking through order 43, of Senate rules, Minority leader, Godswill Akpabio explained”, the injunction or exparte motion was not against the bill but the processes of the Senate.’ He added: “the Senate should write CJN reminding him that Senate cannot be restrained from carrying out its statutory duties.” “The judgement was bipartisan and he should be reminded of separation of powers.” Senate leader Ahmed Lawan threw weight behind the motion, saying, Senate would continue to take actions in the interest of developing Nigeria’s democracy.

“I want to agree completely with the Minority leader for the first time.  I want to say that courts should hands off activities of the National Assembly.” Responding, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki emphasized that democratic institutions must be protected at all costs. He said nothing was done by the Senate for personal reasons, stating that lawmakers shall one day leave the stage, hence, it was important to continue sustenance of democracy.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed in a suit instituted by Accord party has delivered judgement on Tuesday, asking the executive and legislature to maintain ‘status quo ante bellum”, on the controversy surrounding the sequence of elections pending hearings on the adjourned date.

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