Afe Babalola demands interim govt, 2023 elections’ suspension
Legal icon and elder statesman, Chief Afe Babalola, says an interim government should be installed at the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023 The Niche is reporting.
Babalola told a news conference in Ado-Ekiti on Monday that the interim government should be in office for six months to chart a new course for Nigeria.
He stressed that the 2023 elections should be suspended until Nigeria has “a new-look peoples’ Constitution which should provide for part-time legislators and non-executive president”.
Babalola said that members of the interim government should be drawn from all living former presidents and vice-presidents; some selected ministers and governors and delegates of prominent professional associations.
The professional associations could be the Nigeria Medical Association, Nigeria Bar Association, Nigeria Labour Congress, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Academic Staff Union of Universities and Civil Society Organisations.
The elder statesman noted that such delegates should be elected on zero party basis.
He said it was regrettable that the current 1999 Constitution, foisted on Nigerians by the military was no longer in tune with realities of the day.
“The same Constitution has made politics become not only very attractive but the only lucrative business in Nigeria today.
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