From a Learned Point of View, Osinbajo Explains Why Electoral Amendment Bill is Yet to be Signed
- Professor Yemi Osinbajo has explained why the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is yet to be signed into law
- The vice president said the bill has also gone through some rigorous and robust engagement from the populace and other relevant stakeholders
- According to the vice president, he is hopeful that when ready, the bill will present a reflection of the broad consensus of all stakeholders involved
The vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday, February 8, said that the present administration is working to ensure the enactment of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
Leadership reports that Osinbajo while speaking at the 53rd Conference of the National Association of Law Teachers, held at Bayero University, Kano said the present administration is working towards an improved electoral system.
At the event themed, Law, Democracy and the Electoral Process, the vice president said the bill has been the subject of insightful and robust engagement in the polity.
He said while many have expressed reservations about the enactment of the bill, there is a need for all to be conscious of the fact that Nigeria needs are truly inclusive democratic, deliberative process that often takes time.
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Osinbajo also said that he is confident that when finalised and passed into law, the legislation that would emerge will reflect a broad consensus of all stakeholders.
"While INEC continues to improve its capacity to conduct credible elections, particularly through the deployment of technology; we recognize that democracy is about much more than voting.
Democratic process and social justice
Speaking on social and economic justice among citizens, the vice president said Nigeria's democratic progress must be prosecuted in terms of the nation's struggle to reduce basic social challenges like health, education, illiteracy among others.
He said that democracy and social justice are closely linked and that the cornerstone of democracy is the insistence that society must be governed by the rule of law and not the whim of man.
“As law teachers and legal practitioners, we are custodians of this truth. However, democracy cannot endure without social justice.
“This makes the legal profession one of the cardinal vocations upon which civilization rests. Indeed, the law is an instrument of pacific social engineering, the end of which is justice.
"When it is rooted in this postulate, it follows that the law and therefore democracy, are meant to serve beneficial social ends.”
2023 presidency: Will Osinbajo contest against Tinubu? APC chieftain leaks party secret
Osinbajo has been urged to make his intention about contesting the 2023 presidential election known to the public.
The call was made by a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress party, Daniel Bwala on Tuesday, February 8.
Bwala said considering the fact Bola Tinubu has helped Osinbajo in the past, now is the time for the vice president to support the APC national leader rather than contest against him in 2023.
2023: Under Osinbajo, entrepreneurs will grow, unemployment rates will drop, says group
A group has declared that an Osinbajo president, entrepreneurs in Nigeria will grow to an astronomical level.
The group also expressed confidence that with Osinbajo as president, unemployment rates will drop in Nigeria.
The group known as Nigerian Entrepreneurs for Osinbajo also stated that Osinbajo is the best choice for Nigeria's budding small business owners.