Connect with us

Politics

Nigeria lawmakers reject President Buhari’s appeal to amend Electoral Act, insist appointees must resign to contest

Published

on

The upper chamber of Nigeria’s bicameral legislature, the Senate on Wednesday rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to amend the provision that makes it mandatory for political appointees who want to run for office in 2023 to resign in the recently signed Electoral Act, 2022.

President Buhari had, in a letter to the National Assembly last week, asked the federal lawmakers to amend the Act, by deleting Section 84 (12), which, according to him, constitutes a “defect” that is in conflict with extant Constitutional provisions.

Earlier on Monday, The Federal High Court sitting in Nigeria’s capital city – Abuja, restrained its National Assembly from tampering with the newly amended Electoral Act 2022 following a motion ex-parte that was brought before the court by the opposition – Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The court, in the ruling that was delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, specifically barred all the Defendants in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/247/2022, from removing section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act or preventing it from being implemented for the purpose of the 2023 general elections.

President Buhari has several political appointees currently in different Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government who will be affected by the amended law when signed into law. Specifically, in the eye of the discourse is Nigeria’s Attorney General, Mr. Abubakar Malami who by implication is an appointee and legal adviser to the President and widely believed to be interested in contesting for the seat the governor of Kebbi state.

Other political appointees include 43 ministers, special advisers, senior special assistants, special assistants and heads of government agencies holding sensitive positions that make it difficult for open declaration of their ambitions.

Some of these political appointees are currently being touted as contenders for presidential, governorship, senatorial and House of Representatives seats ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Politics

5 parties now part of South Africa’s unity government— ANC

Published

on

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has announced that negotiations with other parties are still underway as the party forms a government with five opposition parties.

The ANC was obliged to form coalitions with other political parties after last month’s election because it was unable to secure a parliamentary majority for the first time since the 1994 election that brought an end to apartheid.

The Democratic Alliance, led by white people and supportive of business, supported ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa in his reelection as president of South Africa’s parliament on Friday. Two smaller parties, the right-wing Patriotic Alliance and the socially conservative Inkatha Freedom Party, also supported the party.

The ANC said on Monday that GOOD, a smaller party, has also committed to join the unity government agreement. According to an ANC statement, this group holds 273 seats in the National Assembly or 68% of the total.

South Africa’s 400 seats make up its parliament. The IFP has 17 seats, the PA has 9 seats, the DA is the second-largest party with 87 seats, the ANC has 159 seats, and GOOD has one seat. According to the ANC, the unity government would guarantee that all involved parties had representation in government and would reach decisions by consensus.

The ANC stated that the unity government will prioritize land reform, infrastructure development, job creation, fixed capital investment promotion, and quick, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth.

“The president will exercise the prerogative to appoint the cabinet, in consultation with leaders of GNU (government of national unity) parties, adhering to existing protocols on government decision-making and budgeting,” the ANC said, adding it was still in discussions with more parties to join the government.

With 39 seats, the Marxist Economic Freedom Fighters party has declared that it will not serve in a government with the Democratic Alliance (DA) or the Freedom Front Plus, two organizations that receive support from the white minority.

The former president Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto we Sizwe party is likewise not a member of the unity government. With 58 seats in the National Assembly, it has declared that it will join the EFF and the center-left United Democratic Movement in the “Progressive Caucus,” a group of minor opposition parties in parliament.

The unity government will face official resistance from this alliance.

“With populist parties choosing to reject the GNU, and the ANC’s bigger partners in the governing coalition centre-leaning and favouring more liberal economic policies, we think the GNU opens the possibility for more growth-friendly structural reforms and prudent macroeconomic policy choices,” HSBC economist David Faulkner said in a note.

“But the GNU could also face ideological divisions and exacerbate fractures within the ANC, factors that could make establishing a stable policy framework difficult.”

Continue Reading

Politics

South Africa: Parliament reelects Cyril Ramaphosa as president

Published

on

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has been re-elected for a second term. He was nominated for re-election on Friday by a member of his African National Congress (ANC) party during the first sitting of parliament following last month’s election.

Julius Malema, the opposition Economic Freedom Fighter, was also put forward for the nation’s presidency, necessitating a vote in parliament to determine the winner.

With a majority of votes in the National Assembly, Chief Justice Ramaphosa was proclaimed president. Julius Malema, the leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters party, received 44 votes, while Ramaphosa received 283.

The Democratic Alliance party said earlier in the day that it would support Ramaphosa in the election as part of a deal to establish a unity government with the African National Congress.

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has been re-elected for a second term. He was nominated for re-election on Friday by a member of his African National Congress (ANC) party during the first sitting of parliament following last month’s election.

Out of the 400 seats in the recently elected National Assembly, 246 are held by the ANC and DA.

Continue Reading

EDITOR’S PICK

Metro8 hours ago

‘Stop complaining, you’re not the only ones facing poverty,’ Tinubu tells Nigerians

President Bola Tinubu has told Nigerians to stop complaining as they are not the only ones facing poverty and hardship...

Musings From Abroad20 hours ago

France to withdraw forces from West and Central Africa

According to three sources quoted by AFP, France intends to scale back its military deployment in West and Central Africa...

Politics20 hours ago

5 parties now part of South Africa’s unity government— ANC

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has announced that negotiations with other parties are still underway as...

Behind the News20 hours ago

Behind the News: All the backstories to our major news this week

Over the past week, there have been many important stories from around the African continent, and we have served you...

Video20 hours ago

Video: Nigerian Afrobeats star Adekunle Gold tells sickle cell story

In this interview, Kenyan journalist, Larry Madowo, speaks to Nigerian singer, Adekunle Gold, on living with sickle cell disease and...

VenturesNow21 hours ago

Nigeria’s Dangote Sugar Refinery issues commercial papers worth N42.79 billion at rates of 25%, 23%

Nigeria’s Dangote Sugar Refinery has declared the issuance of its N42.79 billion Series 4 and 5 commercial papers, offered at...

Metro23 hours ago

Zambian Police bar political party leaders from attending church services

The political crisis in Zambia took a new disturbing dimension on Sunday when heavily armed Police Officers stopped Presidents of...

Culture23 hours ago

Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ breaks US record with one billion streams

Nigerian Afrobeats sensation, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has broken another music record after his hit song, “Calm Down”,...

Sports23 hours ago

Former Kenyan Olympic champion Wilfred Bungei gives reasons for joining politics

Former Kenyan 800m Olympic champion turned politician, Wilfred Bungei, has explained the reason behind his decision to transit into the...

Tech23 hours ago

Airtel Africa activates subsea cable connecting Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa

Airtel Africa has announced the successful activation of the 2Africa submarine cable system that will connect Kenya, Tanzania, and South...

Trending