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Allow Buhari, Governors For Third Term – Oko Enya Tells NASS, Attorney-General


A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi
state, Hon. Charles Oko Enya, has beseeched a Federal
High Court in Abakiliki, Ebonyi state, to direct the National
Assembly and the Attorney-General of the Federation and
minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to remove
constitutional clauses hindering elected President and state
governors from seeking a third term in office. In his suit
with No: FHC/AI/CS/90/19, which was filed at the court last
Wednesday and made available to OniftvReporters by his
counsel, Barr. Iheanacho Agboti, the APC member is
seeking for possible expungement of section 137(1) (b) and
182 (1) (b) in the 1999 constitution (as amended).
He insisted that the sections were infringement on the
fundamental human rights of the likes of President
Muhammadu Buhari and all state governors excluding the
legislators. Hon. Enya explained that the ongoing two-term
tenure is discriminatory to section 42(1)(a) and articles 2
and 3 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples rights.
Kindly subscribe here The defendants in the suit were the
Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Mohammed Sani-
Omolori, the National Assembly and the Attorney General of
the Federation, Abubakar Malami. Our reporter recalled that
the applicant, (Hon. Enya), had served as the organising
Secretary to President Buhari in the last 2019 polls.
According to him, “that section 137(1)(b)of the Constitution
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999 (as amended)
restricting the president to only two terms of four years
each, is inoperative by virtue of its discriminatory nature in
relation to the executive and legislative branches of
government in Nigeria, and therefore null and void and thus
inapplicable”. Enya, who is earnestly awaiting the hearing of
the matter soon, says he’s seeking the order of the court to
direct the first and second defendants to delete and
expunge sections 137(1)(b) and 182(1)(b) of the 1999
Constitution (as amended). He also tasked the third
defendant as the Chief Law Officer of the federation to give
the needed support to the first and second defendants to
commence a constitutional amendment that would remove
the restrictions and the alleged discrimatory sections on
tenure limits.
He added that he is seeking “Order of the court nullifying
and setting aside section 137(1)(b) and 182(1) (b) of the
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as
amended). “And directing the first and second defendants
to delete and expunge sections 137(1)(b) and 182(1)(b) of
the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (as
amended)

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