Tambuwal Differs With David Mark, Says Election Must Hold Next Year
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, yesterday took a position different from that of the Senate President David Mark by insisting that Nigeria’s general elections must hold in 2015.
Senator David Mark has said while delivering his address at the resumption of plenary of the Senate on Monday that the issue of election is not o the table because of the insecurity fscing the country.
Though, the Senate President has denied calling for the postponement of elections, Speaker Tambuwal said despite fears in some quarters over the possibility of conducting peaceful elections amidst the insurgency in the country’s north east, the election must hold next year.
“I firmly believe we can go into elections in 2015; elections in 2015 should be held.What we need to do is to address insurgency before the elections and encourage soldiers to do the needful,” Tambuwal stated at a meeting with a delegation of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) at the National Assembly.
Section 180(3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) says if the country is at war, there will not be elections. Many have called for a declaration of war on Boko Haram to check recent gains of the sect primarily in the North East.
In other matters, Tambuwal urged the NBA to step up action against politicians who violate the country’s electoral laws ahead of 2015 elections.
He told the NBA delegation led by its president, Mr. Augustine Alegeh, that in spite of repeated warnings by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), some politicians have commenced campaigns before the stipulated time.
Tambuwal said good governance is suffering as politicians abandon their responsibilities for politicking ahead of time.
“The problem is that some politicians are already in election mood, so the NBA should call the attention of those to stop forthwith,” he said
Tambuwal noted that insecurity and corruption were on the increase in the country, and called on all Nigerians to join hands in the fight against social ills.
He said that the House of Representatives was committed to passing the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) before politics takes the center stage.
Earlier, Alegeh urged the speaker to expedite actions to ensure the speedy passage of the PIB and the Justice Sector Bill.
“The PIB should be given speedy hearing.
“I urge you to put it in the front burner, let it serve as a legacy for you,’’ Alegeh added.
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