The Nigerian Constitution outlines a clear process for the handing over of power from the incumbent president to the next president, in harmony with the democratic system. The Presidential Transition Council is established by law to facilitate a smooth transition of power from one government to another.
The Presidential Transition Council is a body responsible for overseeing the transfer of power from the outgoing administration to the incoming one.
The Council will be chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, with members drawn from both the outgoing and incoming administrations, as well as representatives of relevant stakeholders such as civil society groups, political parties, and the media.
The transition process starts with the announcement of the results of the presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Once the winner is declared, the president-elect is formally notified and officially invited to form a government.
The president-elect then has time to name his cabinet, which is subject to confirmation by the National Assembly. The Presidential Transition Council then takes charge of the process of handing over power with a specific mandate to ensure that the transition is peaceful, orderly, and efficient.
This includes the transfer of official documents, assets, and other resources, as well as the provision of briefings on key issues and policies. During the transition period, the president who is handing over may also be required to advise on policy and direction for the incoming government.
This can include the formulation of an agenda, setting policy priorities, and setting up a strategic plan for the government. One of the key roles of the Presidential Transition Council is to provide guidance and support to the incoming government on matters of governance, policy, and administration.
This includes the provision of advice on the management of public resources, public service reform, and the development of key institutions of the state.
The Presidential Transition Council also has a responsibility to engage with civil society groups, the media, and other stakeholders to ensure that the transition process is transparent, inclusive, and accountable.
This is important for building trust and confidence in the democratic system and promoting stability and continuity in governance. The Presidential Transition Council plays a crucial role in ensuring that the incoming government is well-prepared to take on the responsibility of governing the nation.
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