Politics Of Executive Bills And Independence Of National Assembly; A Case Study Of 8th National Assembly

Idakwo, Jibrin Onu (2022-06)


The issue of law making in Nigeria is as important as the government. This obligation is known to be vested on the neck of the National Assembly comprising legislative and executive arms of government. The present study explored the politics of executive bill and independence of the National Assembly. Secondary data was sourced through relevant text materials and historical documents including texts, journals, online articles, Magazines, Archives and the likes. Data was analyzed using content analysis. Purposive sampling technique was adopted and the sample size includes the political representatives in Nigerian National Assembly who served under the 8th National Assembly. The result indicated that 8th National Assembly statistically significantly made enough bills without fear or favor that guarantees Nigeria development. The result indicated also that the 8th National Assembly did not significantly sign enough bills to law. The result however show that politics played on 8th National Assembly did not statistically significantly guaranteed the independence of any arm of National Assembly in Nigeria. There is no statistically significant relationship between the legislative and executive arms of government on the 8th National Assembly. In conclusion, the study indicates that there were collaboration between the Executive and Legislature on the passage of the Executive bills. Indeed almost all Executive bills presented to the National Assembly were passed. The areas of conflicts were however on the assent to private members bills where less than 1% of the private members bills were assented to. This trend call for better working relations between the Executive and the legislature, to ensure greater accountability and good governance. The Legislature represents various constituencies in Nigeria, and their inputs to law making is important.