CAPPA – Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa


The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has charged the Federal government and Nigeria’s political class to eschew utterances and conducts likely to undermine the success of the forthcoming 2023 general elections.[spacer height=”25px”]

CAPPA made this call in a statement issued in Lagos, following the brewing tension in the polity orchestrated by the ruling of Justice Evelyn Anyadike at a Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State nullifying Section 84 (12) of the newly amended Electoral Act 2022 which prohibits political appointees at any level from either voting or vying at their political parties’ primary elections.[spacer height=”25px”]

The group observed that as a host of legal luminaries and stakeholders have posited, the judgment of the Federal High Court in Umuahia Abia State is strange, especially because save for the Attorney General of the Federation, neither the National Assembly which passed the Act nor the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in charge of operationalising the provisions of the Act were included as parties to the suit filed to cancel the provision in view.[spacer height=”25px”]

The CAPPA statement noted that: “We are alarmed at the current administration’s decision to speedily enforce the court’s verdict despite the contentious nature of the issue. We consider this decision to be rash, divisive, and unhelpful in a multiparty democracy.[spacer height=”25px”]

“In our view, the overall shoddiness of the matter’s presentation in court and the hasty pronouncement of a ruling, including the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami’s readiness to act upon the judgment is not only a negation of the principle of natural justice but also an abuse of state power and violation of due process”, the statement read.[spacer height=”25px”]

CAPPA stressed that the controversies and disagreements over the new electoral legislation that is expected to guide the entirety and conduct of the election almost around the corner are a needless distraction, especially for INEC, political parties, and other critical entities that have swung into preparation activities for the election riding on the provisions of the contested Act.[spacer height=”25px”]

The group expressed fear that unless the controversy surrounding the disputed provision is amicably resolved with the interest of the sustenance of Nigeria’s democracy at the heart of all parties to the dispute, there is a likelihood that the forthcoming general elections could be entrapped in legal quagmires that may lead to a disruption of key electoral processes or worse, the disputation of the outcomes of party conventions and electoral results.[spacer height=”25px”]

“The likely prospect of a broken election will not be in the interest of Nigeria. We, therefore, urge Nigerian leaders and ruling class to put their differences aside, learn from the resurgence of coups and political instabilities in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso and refrain from conducts that are likely to truncate our fledgling democracy.[spacer height=”25px”]

Nigeria’s democracy is a product of the sacrifices and struggles of citizens from all walks of life including pro-democracy activists, workers, and students. Political leaders should not sacrifice Nigeria’s democracy for their individual and party interests. Even more, the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria offer opportunities for the country to deepen both political and social inclusion inspired by the innovative electoral legislation.[spacer height=”25px”]

The success of this election will not only portend a great significance for Nigeria but also the entirety of Sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore, a greater sense of responsibility decorum, and tolerance is expected from Nigeria’s political class as the country prepares for its elections, especially after all the investment, work, and time committed to producing the highly progressive Electoral Act 2022″, the statement read.

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