Op-ed: As the dust settles on alleged interim government plot in Nigeria, what does the constitution say?

By Anthonia Ochei, 21 April 2023
Abuja, Nigeria (photo credit: Jeff Attaway / flickr)
Abuja, Nigeria (photo credit: Jeff Attaway / flickr)
The reactions by political parties and other stakeholders following the allegation of a plot for an interim government have caused a stir in Nigeria’s political terrain. The State Security Services (SSS) otherwise known as the Department of State Security (DSS) announced that it had uncovered a plot for an interim government in Nigeria by “some key players”. [...] After the statement made by the DSS, the Labour Party dissociated itself from the plot for an interim government. The party stated that it was not part of the insurrection and described the plot as a conspiracy against the state. [...] A combined reading of the [relevant constitutional provisions] shows that there is no room for an interim or temporary government in the Constitution except if the nation is at war and the incumbent president considers it impracticable to hold elections. [...] With fingers pointed in all places, it is unclear which political faction stands to benefit the most from the accusations being lobbied or even the interim government in itself.
Read the full article here: Business Day


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