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Buhari Declines Electoral Act For Fourth Time

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By Toby Prince

Despite unending pressure from all and sundry, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday declined to assent to the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment bill, returning it to the National Assembly.

That was the fourth time the bill is being rejected by the President as earlier rejections were said to be due to errors in the bill.
Briefing State House correspondents on Friday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Ita Enang said that the President in line with the constitution has communicated his decision and returned the bill to the National Assembly.
Enang, who was not categorical on whether the President rejected the bill, said that it’s the National Assembly that can reveal the content of the communication.
Senate president Bukola Saraki recently asked the president to assent to the bill.
“It is the prerogative of the President to either sign a Bill into law or refuse it assent,” he said.
“He is free to exercise this prerogative the way he likes in this case. What I found surprising is a situation where some people now want to adopt a wrong tactic of abusing the court process to stall the matter. That will be unacceptable and I am sure our judiciary will rely on the lessons from the past and not allow itself to be used.”

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