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LEGAL ICON ADVOCATES SUSPENSION OF 2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS,PROPOSES INTERIM ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE OVER FROM BUHARI-AFE BABALOLA, SAN

LEGAL ICON ADVOCATES SUSPENSION OF 2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS,PROPOSES INTERIM ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE OVER FROM BUHARI-AFE BABALOLA, SAN

An elder statesman and a legal luminary, Chief Afe Babalola, says an interim government should replace the current administration at the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari tenure in 2023.

Babalola told a news conference in Ado-Ekiti on Monday that the interim government should be in office for six months to chart a new course for Nigeria.
He stressed that the 2023 elections should be suspended until Nigeria has “a new-look peoples’ Constitution which should provide for part-time legislators and non-executive president’’.

According to him, members of the interim government should be drawn from all living former presidents and vice-presidents; some selected ministers and governors and delegates of prominent professional associations.
The professional associations could be the Nigeria Medical Association, Nigeria Bar Association, Nigeria Labour Congress, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Academic Staff Union of Universities and Civil Society Organisations.
The legal icon noted that such delegates should be elected on zero party bases.
According to him, it was regrettable that the current 1999 Constitution, foisted on Nigerians by the military was no longer in tune with realities of the day.
He pointed out that “The same Constitution has made politics become not only very attractive, but the only lucrative business in Nigeria today.

The elder statesman explained “What this means is that any election that holds under the present scenario will end up producing transactional and recycled leaders, with no ability to turn things around.”
Afe Babalola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, advised that the new Constitution which should be coordinated by the interim government, should spell out rules and regulations on improved qualifications of those contesting elections.
He maintained that the proposed Constitution should provide for part-time legislators and not full-time legislators, considering the attendant waste of resources.
“The new Constitution should also provide that there shall be no salary, but sitting allowances only for lawmakers.
“It should provide a true federal system of government, instead of the expensive presidential system of government. I suggest parliamentary system of government, with a unicameral legislature.
This suggestion is against the current bicameral legislature in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
“The new Constitution should also provide a body at the local, state and federal levels to screen all aspirants on the sources of their wealth and means of livelihood, criminal record which includes pending suits,’’ he said.
The legal icon added that any person that would become the president of Nigeria should not be older than 60 years of age and must have a varsity degree.
Unlike the current arrangement where a primary six certificate holder can emerge as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to the interpretation section of the Constitution ability to read and write the English language to the satisfaction of INEC is also a prerequisite for a political office holder.

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2 Comments

  1. Chief Age Babalola’s assertion is very germane in view of the paucity of fund affecting Nigeria as a nation..Our money is stocked with a section of the Nigerians instead to be evenly spread.The parliamentary system of government is too expensive as the nation is not buoyant enough to fund such.Let’s try the interim system please

  2. Chief Age Babalola’s assertion is very germane in view of the paucity of fund affecting Nigeria as a nation..Our money is stocked with a section of the Nigerians instead to be evenly spread.The parliamentary system of government is too expensive as the nation is not buoyant enough to fund such.Let’s try the interim system please

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