‘The government’s interim arrangement is an open invitation to anarchy,’ Uzodinma tells Afe Babalola

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma on Tuesday rejected a call by a senior Nigerian lawyer, Chief Afe Babalola, for the installation of an interim national government to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 .

In a conversation with reporters on Monday at Ado Ekiti, Babalola called for ING to be in place for at least six months to chart a new course for the country.

He also called for the 2023 general election to be suspended until Nigeria has a new constitution providing for part-time legislators and a non-executive president.

But in conversation with State House correspondents after meeting President Buhari in Abuja, the governor described the ING arrangement as an invitation to anarchy.

Read also: Afe Babalola asks the interim government to suspend the 2023 elections

He said the Nigerian constitution does not provide for an interim government.

Uzodinma said: “As of May 29, if there is no elected government, our constitution has not provided for an interregnum. There should be no gap, otherwise you create room for anarchy.

“What will be the selection process for the interim government because after May 29 the president may no longer have the constitutional powers to function as president? So I don’t think we will decide to abandon our constitution.

“The Constitution is like a bible. For some of us who are Christians, the Bible is the manager of our faith. Thus, the constitution should be the instrument that guides our actions as a country.

“If you think there is any opinion worth seeking superior to what is in the Nigerian constitution, such an opinion should be taken to the National Assembly and it will amend our constitution through a process regularly to take such an opinion into account.”

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