Trouble looms as Buhari rejects Election Re-ordering Amendment

Tuesday, 13 Mar, 2018

"The Senate in particular would be very anxious, if INEC begins to condone the actions of some political parties. You have not declared campaigns open, and some are already campaigning".

Some All Progressives Congress senators had kicked against the adoption of the report, accusing the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of influencing it.With the rejection of amendments by the president, the next option left for the National Assembly is to override the president's veto.

"INEC should be cautious of who it is listening to".

"We would not sit anywhere this constitution will be violated". It is necessary we caution ourselves. "We need this country, we love this country", Saraki said.

Both the Senate and House of Representatives agreed to the earlier amendment by the House of Representatives that the National Assembly election will come first, followed by governorship and state Houses of Assembly and finally the Presidential election which will now come last.

The amendment indicated that if a nominated candidate died in the election process, the next person from the same political party with the second highest votes in the primary election should replace the deceased.

"While the Uwais Report was transmitted by the executive to the National Assembly in 2010, the White Paper on recommendations of the Lemu Report directed the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minster of Justice to take steps towards the establishment of the Electoral Offences Tribunal".

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today directed the Senate Committee on Banking and Finance, chaired by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, to begin the process of screening the 2 nominees for Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria.

Yakubu further admitted that failure to enforce sanctions was encouraging impunity and violence that often characterised the country's electoral process and, in effect, subverts the will of the people and undermine the tenets of democracy. The solution will be to have a commission to prosecute violators of the electoral act. "There are several factors responsible for the inadequate success ranging from the huge prosecutorial task, dependence on other agencies for arrest and investigation, time and resources", he said.

"The bill, when passed into law, will not only ensure speedy and effective prosecution of electoral offenders, it will also enable the commission to focus and prioritise on its other extensive responsibilities as an election management body (EMB)", he said.