Buhari signs bill limiting tenures of vice presidents, deputy governors who succeed principals

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President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law a bill that limits a vice-president or deputy governor who completes the terms of their principals to seeking reelection only once more.

This was one of three bills the president signed on Friday that make key changes to pre and post election laws in Nigeria. The Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang, announced this on Friday. The first change deals with pre-election matters.

Mr Enang said the new act has reduced the date and time of determining pre-election matters. He did not state the number of days in the new act. “There is another of the act which has come into force today is Constitution amendment number 21 which relates to the determination of pre-election matters. It has reduced the date and time of determining pre-election matters to ensure that pre-eletion matters in court do not get into the time of the elections and do not pend thereafter.

The relevant sections of the Constitution had also been amended by this act, therefore amending the Constitution.” Mr Enang also announced that an amendment to bill number 16, already assented to by the President, will now ensure that a vice President or a deputy governor who succeeds and completes the tenure of a president or governor can only run for the office one more time.

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