- The National Assembly has been asked by the PDP to override President Buhari's decision on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill
- The party's call came after President Buhari declined assent to the bill
- The president, however, said he refused to sign the bill due to “some drafting issues” in it
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the National Assembly to use their constitutional power to override President Muhammadu Buhari on the Electoral Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill.
PDP made the call in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan said that Buhari’s veto did not come as a surprise, since his commitment to a free and fair 2019 election was “mere lip service”.
He said that it had become clear to Nigerians that the reasons adduced by the president for withholding assent to bill were “lame excuses”.
“The clerical and drafting arguments put forward by President Buhari could not in any way outweigh the importance of amendments meant to engender free, fair, credible and transparent elections in 2019.
“The PDP therefore charges the National Assembly to stand with Nigerians in the overall quest for credible elections by immediately overriding President Buhari on the bill," Ologbondiyan said.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that President Buhari said that he declined assent to Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018 due to “some drafting issues” that remain unaddressed following the prior revisions to the bill.
Senator Ita Enang, the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly matters (Senate), made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday, September 3.
The presidential aide said that already, the president had communicated his position to the Senate and the House of Representatives on August 30.
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