The Nigeria Youths Democratic Party (NYDP) has kicked against the stance of the national assembly over section 84(12) of the 2022 electoral act, thereby asked both leadership and members of the two Chambers to resign and vacate their seats as representatives of the people.
This was contained in a statement signed by it’s chairman, Barry Avotu Johnson 1st.
“Fellow Nigerians, it has come to our notice as a political movement that the national assembly leadership and it’s members have breached and compromised the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria with their actions refusing to obey the call of the president to remove the clause section in the new amended electoral act which is asking the members of the federal executive council to resign six months to the primary elections if they are interested in contesting for any political position come 2023.
“Section 84, sub section 12 of the new amended electoral act is a practical violation of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria and it is the intention of the leadership and members of the national assembly to highjack the 2023 electioerring process against the fact that they have planned to punish members of the federal executive members whom have displayed too much powers as ministers over the (7) seven years of President Buhari’s administration.
“It is morally and practically very wrong for the National Assembly to put themselves away from that particular law if it must be enacted as the case maybe.
“You cannot be a judge in a case you are involved in as it is right now.
“The national assembly members should also resign and vacate their seats if such laws must stand.
“Moreover, asking the members of the federal executive council to resign because they are interested in participating in the 2023 electioneering process is a call to place a vacuum in leadership which remains a trap to the destabilisation of governance when all appointed officers resign to focus on election activities.
“The constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria states that all government agencies are equal in authority and every citizen should enjoy equal rights. Therefore, any law created by the national assembly must not be discriminatory in nature like what we have in the new amended electoral act in section 84, sub section 12.
“It is high time we Nigerians understand that this particular national assembly leadership and members are not individuals that meant well for the nation. They are only interested in whatever can be of benefits to themselves as legislators using the clause of the oversight functions.
“Let them vacate the Red and Green Chambers if the law must stand.
“They too as men and women in office can also take the advantage government apparatus to secure their return to the national assembly.
“It is vice versa. So, let the rock fall on everyone is asking the discriminant law to stand.
“It is positive to note that the NYDP shall not fold it’s arms to allow elements of disunity and enemies of our democracy to continue to hide under the powers of legislation to pass bills into law that will not be of credits to the nation.
“Their decision is unjust, discriminatory in nature and should not be given any support whatsoever.
“The law of Nigeria says there should be no discrimination of anyone in the nation.
“That particular law is currently discriminating on the executive members and all appointed officers and should not be allowed to stand for the good of our democracy.
“It’s a breach of the constitution by the national assembly leadership and members.
“This is wickedness in the electoral act to benefit them only.
“It will only be rendering the executive arm of government worthless, and it will crumble the executive activities which holds the functioning authority of governance.
“This will indirectly give them the powers to dissolve the executive arm of government while the administration is still a legal arrangement by law.
“It is on this capacity that the NYDP is asking members and the leadership of National Assembly to vacate their seats and positions .”