Buhari signs bill restricting VP who completes president's tenure to one term

Buhari signs bill restricting VP who completes president's tenure to one term
President Muhammmadu Buhari on Friday signed a bill to ensure that where a vice president succeeds a president and where a deputy governor succeeds a governor, he or she can no more contest for that office more than once.


The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, who disclosed this to State House correspondents, said: "And the fact is that having taken the oath as President once, and you can only contest for once again and no more. That is the intent of this amendment."

He said Buhari also signed a bill that gives the Independent National Electoral Commission sufficient time to conduct bye-elections, saying "It has increased the number from 7 days to 21 days and generally widened the latitude of the Independent National Electoral Commission to handle election matters upon vacancy occuring."
Enang said Buhari also signed the Constitution Fourth Alteration Bill which grants financial authonomy and independence to State Houses of Assembly and State Judiciary.

"Therefore upon this signature, the amounts standing to the credit of the judiciary are to now be paid directly to the judiciary of those states, no more through the governors and no more from the governors and then the amounts standing to the credit of the Houses of Assembly of the respective states are now to be paid directly to the House of Assembly of that state for the benefit of the legislators and the management of the States Houses of Assembly.


"This grants full autonomy now to the judiciary at the state level and the Houses of Assembly at the state level," the presidential aide stated.

He said the president also signed a bill relating to the determination of pre-election matters, reducing the date and time of determining pre-election matters to ensure that those matters in court do not get into the time of the elections and do not become pending.

"Thereafter, the relevant sections of the constitution had also been amended by this act, therefore amending the constitution," he added.


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