Electoral Act: Moves to override Buhari suspended

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Sequel to Majority of Senators intention to override President Muhammadu Buhari over his refusal to sign the amended Electoral Act into law,
Senators on Wednesday have reconsidered their moves and have decided to embark on wider consultations.

From yesterday Tuesday 21 December 73 signatures out 109 Senators were already collected according to Senator George Sekibo with intention to override the President on Wednesday.

The 2022 appropriation bill was also suspended on Tuesday 21 December 2021 to further push their decision.

Buhari had in a letter to the National Assembly, dated December 13, 2021, titled ‘Withholding of assent to Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021’ withheld his assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, citing economic, security, and legal issues.

While faulting the removal of indirect primaries as contained in Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010, Buhari said the amendment as proposed violated the underlying spirit of democracy, which is characterised by freedom of choice.

The president also said the amendment would also stifle smaller parties without the enormous resources required to mobilise all their members for the primaries.

This, he said was not healthy for the sustenance of multi-party democracy in Nigeria.

During the plenary on Tuesday, many senators said reasons advanced by the president were not convincing enough, saying refusing to assent to the bill amounted to rejecting the will of the people.

On Wednesday (today), the Red Chamber, after emerging from a closed session, which lasted for about 40 minutes, resolved to consult with the House of Representatives and Nigerians on how to respond to Buhari’s decision to assent to the bill.

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan, after the closed session, announced that: “The Senate discussed the way forward on how to respond to the letter from Mr President on the Electoral Act (Amendment) bill.

“The Senate consequently resolved to consult with the House of Representatives in January when the two chambers will be in full session.”

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