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Groups Seek Quick Passage Of Presidential Transition Bill



The Save Democracy Africa (SDA) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) have called for the assent and passage of Presidential Transition Bill an act which provide the smooth and orderly transfer of administration from one democratically elected president to another before the end of the 8th National Assembly.

The chairman, NDI Gen. Yakubu Usman (rtd) made this appeal in Abuja yesterday during a consultative forum for political parties organised to share experiences on global best practices, seeking cooperation to ensuring a smooth and orderly political transition in Nigeria on executive transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another.

Gen. Usman described political transition as “very crucial aspect of democratic governance and yet one of the least considered area”.

He decried the wave of democratic experiments among countries in Africa where the process are rather “unplanned and characterised by the absence of concrete legislative and administrative procedures”.

Gen. Usman also allayed fears of the absence of theoretical studies and legal frame work.

The project director, Advocacy for Passage of Presidential Transition Bill in Nigeria, Save Democracy Africa (SDI) Dr Ifedi Okwenna, said with President Muhammadu Buhari emergence in 2015, there was an inescapable need for transition and having no laws in place, mistrust and mutual suspicion reigned supreme.

Dr Okwenna said the Passage Of Presidential Transition Bill will create a legal framework for transition process which will in turn strengthen the nation’s democracy.

He added that the law will reduce bickering and mudslinging which are associated with transition.



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