Electoral Act Amendment: Suspense as Buhari has five days left

Lawmakers are waiting in earnest for President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval or disapproval of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill as he has only five working days to give a reply.

The leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives are said to be considering a fresh meeting with the President on the matter as soon as possible.

Checkout Magazine equally gathered that as opposed to speculations, the National Assembly had not received any message from the Presidency as of last night, rejecting the bill.

Earlier in the week, reports that the President had declined assent to the bill had provoked confusion in the nation.

Spokesmen of both chambers have denied knowledge of President Buhari’s alleged rejection letter.

They also insisted that the President was yet to communicate any decision on the bill to the National Assembly as at weekend.

The presidency is yet to confirm or deny the existence of the alleged rejection letter.

One of the sources said: “Just as I can confidently tell you, we are not about to dump our support for the direct primary clause. What I am sure of is that as legislators who know our onions, we will not act based on mere rumors and speculations.

“We are still waiting for the President to communicate his decision to us. He is yet to formally do that and whatever speculations are out there, we will not be pushed into taking any action based on that.

“I can confide in you, you know I am not authorized to speak on this matter, but I can tell you our leaders have been talking and we have also been discussing this matter amongst ourselves.”



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