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Wike accuses APC of plot to strip powers

CONSTITUTION REVIEW: Wike accuses APC of plot to strip Appeal Court of powers

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The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to use the ongoing constitutional amendment to vest powers on the Chief Justice of Nigeria to set up a panel to hear an appeal from the election tribunal, instead of the president of the Court of Appeal.

The governor called on members of the National Assembly to shun partisan politics and primordial sentiments and work for the interest of Nigerians.

Wike took the positions when the Senate Sub-Committee on Constitutional Amendment for the South-South zone, led by Senator George Sekibo, paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Thursday.

The governor asserted that he has uncovered a plot by the APC to hide under the guise of the constitutional amendment to deprive the president of the Court of Appeal the power to constitute a panel to hear appeal cases from election petition tribunals.

Also, he frowned at the attempt by APC to also use the Electoral Act amendment process to stop State High Courts from hearing pre-election matters.

According to him, the APC is scheming to exclusively vest the power to hear such matters on the Federal High Courts.

Wike emphasised that it is important at this crucial period of the nation’s history that the National Assembly uses the opportunity of amendment to correct a lot of anomalies in the 1999 Constitution.

He noted that although no constitution can be said to be perfect, a concerted effort should be made by federal lawmakers to deliver a better constitution for Nigeria.

Wike urged the members of the National Assembly from the South-South geopolitical zone to canvass for an upward review

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