Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar has spoken strongly about the need to ensure that the principle of separation of powers upon which democracy runs is adhered to in Nigeria.

Atiku who took to his official Twitter handle made the call while reacting to a ruling of the Supreme Court  on Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act.

Section 84(12) which dwells primarily on the resignation of office holders who nurse political ambitions has become one of the most controversial provisions contained in any Nigerian law made by the National Assembly.

The Federal Government had taken the matter to the Supreme Court in search of a judicial interpretation.

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But the effort of the executive arm was thrown out by the nation’s Apex Court which sustained the intentment of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act.

Atiku hailed the decision of the Supreme Court, saying “Under no circumstance must one arm lord over another arm of government.”

Atiku, stressing a point

The ruling of the Supreme Court on Section 84 (12) is commendable”, Atiku remarked, “affirms my position” on “the independence of the judiciary and the other arms of government, namely the legislature and the executive.”

Atiku affirmed that the judiciary, the legislature and the executive are “the bedrock for the development of any nation.”

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Meanwhile, steps are being intensified by the presidential candidate of the PDP to reconcile angry members of the party.

Emissaries who are part of a committee have been going round the country in a hurried search for peace, understanding and cooperation upset by developments within the party in the last few weeks.