WAR OF POWER: Bukola Saraki’s Senate Prepares To Take The Most Drastic Action, After President Buhari’s Refusal To Sign The Amended Electoral Act Ahead Of 2019

By Post Nigeria March 13, 2018 17:56

WAR OF POWER: Bukola Saraki’s Senate Prepares To Take The Most Drastic Action, After President Buhari’s Refusal To Sign The Amended Electoral Act Ahead Of 2019

The Nigerian Senate under the leadership of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has revealed that it is yet to deliberate on the content of President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter, conveying his decision to reject the amendment of the Electoral Act, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Recall, that in a letter read at the Senate and House of Representatives, on Tuesday, President Buhari stated amongst other reasons, that the amendments to the Electoral Act, infringes on the rights of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Reacting however, the Senate’s Spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi, said:

“If I am speaking on behalf of the Senate and the Senate has not discussed an issue, is it fair for me to speak on that?

“Yes the letter has been read and definitely this is not the first time letters coming from Mr. President would be read. It is just the same normal communication from Mr. President, and all communications from Mr. President will definitely go through the same legislative processes. Which means we have received it now, it is for us to look at it.

“The Peace Corps came, the same thing. All of it is going to receive attention and Senators and Members of House of Reps as the case may be will begin to look at it, because it is a document coming to the National Assembly. Remember if we pass a bill for third reading, as long as the House of Reps has a similar thing and they have not concurred, we cannot start talking about the next stage.

“So, what we have here clearly is a letter coming back to us, it has been read, it is going to be approved tomorrow in the votes and proceedings, and when it is approved, subsequently if there is going to be any action, we will tell you what the actions are going to be.”

However, Political Analysts are of the opinion that with the recent development, the Senate will be left with no choice than to overrule the President’s powers, as the fight for 2019 elections continues.

 

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