July 14, 2024

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Suspend 2023 General Election-Afe Babalola

A legal luminary, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), has called for an interim government to replace the current administration at the expiration of of President Muhammadu Buhari tenure in 2023. He said the interim government should be in force for six months to chart a new course for Nigeria. Also, Babalola said there should be a new-look peoples’ Constitution which should provide for part-time legislators and non-executive president – no salary, but sitting allowances only for lawmakers. Furthermore,members of the interim government should be drawn from among living former presidents and vice-presidents; some selected ministers and governors and delegates of prominent professional associations like the Nigeria Medical Association, Nigeria Association and the Nigeria Labour Congress among others. He lamented that the 1999 Constitution has made politics become not only very attractive, but lucrative business in Nigeria today.

The legal luminary opined that the new constitution which will be coordinated by the interim government,should spell out rules and regulations on improved qualifications of those contesting elections, saying that the constitution should provide a true federal system of government, instead of the expensive presidential system of government.

“I suggest a parliamentary system of government, with a unicameral legislature,he said.” 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;”Any person that would become the president of Nigeria should not be older than 60 years of age and must have a university degree”.