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Friday, 8 June 2018

Buhari signs bill where VPs who complete president’s tenure are eligible for only single term

Buhari signs bill where VPs who complete president’s tenure are eligible for only single term

President Buhari signs 4 important bills into law

- President Buhari grants financial autonomy to state judiciary and Houses of Assembly

- President Muhammadu Buhari has signed a total of four bills into law as part of the amendments of the 1999 Constitution

- One of the bill signed by the president grants financial autonomy to state judiciaries and Houses of Assembly

- Another bill stops a vice president who completes the term of a president from contesting for the office of the president more than once

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, June 8, signed into law the Constitution 4th Alteration Bill that grants financial autonomy and independence to state House of Assembly and to the judiciary of the respective states.

The president signed a total of four bills into law as part of the amendments of the 1999 Constitution.

We gathered that the senior special assistant on National Assembly matters (Senate), Ita Enang, said: “I just want to inform you that His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari today (Friday) assented to the Constitution Fourth Alteration Bill which grants financial autonomy and independence to the Houses of Assembly of the respective states and to the Judiciary of the respective states.

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“The amount due to the judiciary is now to be paid directly to the judiciary of those states, no more through the governors.

“And the amount standing in the credit of the State houses of Assembly in the respective states are now to be paid directly to the houses of Assembly of that State for the benefit of the legislators and the management of the State houses of Assembly.

“Another Act which has come into force today is Constitution Amendment 21 which relates to the determination of pre-elections matters. It has reduced the date and time of determining pre-election matters to ensure that the pre-election matters in court do not get into the time of the elections and do not linger thereafter.

“The relevant section of the Constitution has also been amended by this Act, therefore amending the constitution.

“The other one is Bill 16 which is now an Act. The intent of that Act is to ensure that where a Vice President succeeds the President and where a deputy governor succeeds a governor, he can no more contest for that office more than one more time.

“The effect is that having taken the oath of President once, he can only contest one more time and no more. That is the intent of this amendment.

“The other amendment is Bill 9 now an Act which gives the Independent National Electoral Commission sufficient time to conduct by-election. It has increased the time from seven to 21 days and generally widen the latitude of the INEC to handle election matters upon vacancy.

“These four bills, added to the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Act, have now been assented to by the President and have now become laws.

“The Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended is hereby further amended by the assent of the President to these bills today.”

One of the bills includes an Act that gives the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), sufficient time to conduct bye-elections.

Another bill No 16 which is now an Act, is to ensure that where a vice president succeeds the president and where a deputy governor succeeds a governor, he can no more contest for that office more than once after the initial tenure.

In a previous report by NAIJ.com, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, January 26, signed eight bills passed by the National Assembly into law at a signing ceremony held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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Among the bills signed into law is the the Legislative Houses (Power and Privileges), Act 2018, Punch report.

The fourth bill is constitution number 21 relating to the determination of pre-election matters, reducing the date and time of determining pre-election matters to ensure that the matters extend into the time for elections neither does it pend thereafter.

The act, according to the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly matters, Senate, Ita Enang, will grant the Legislative Houses in the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly immunity from litigation for actions taken in plenary or committee proceedings of the House or committee.

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