According to reports, the Centre for the Vulnerable and Underprivileged, CENTREP, Friday, requested President Muhammadu Buhari to withhold his assent from the Code of Conduct (Amendment) Bill 2016.
In a statement signed and made available to newsmen, CENTREP Executive Director, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi argued that the passage of the bill which empowered the National Assembly to take over power to appoint staff of the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB and the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT is tantamount to a political amendment.
CENTREP described the amendment as an exercise tainted with malice, especially as it came at a time when the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki was facing trial at the CCT.
According to CENTREP, “The above amendment no doubt is both political and selfish as we believe that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) is a Court of Law that ought to be under the control of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and not the National Assembly.
“We are also not oblivious of the fact that the above amendment by the Nigerian Senate was made to cover up the iniquities and wrongs many Federal Legislators are allegedly involved in by way of non disclosure of their correct assets and liabilities.”