The back and forth over the new timetable for 2019 election is just setting in. 

On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari rejected the amended timetable.

The federal lawmakers want their election to come up first, followed by that of state lawmakers and governors, and lastly the presidential election.

But this arrangement seems to be out of place for President Buhari whose rejection was contained in a letter read on Tuesday on the floors of the upper and lower legislative chambers by Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara respectively.

Some senators had also rejected the amended timetable, saying that 'Buhari is the target'.

In the letter, the President said amending section 25 of the Electoral Act would infringe on the “constitutionally guaranteed discretion” of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise, undertake and supervise elections.

“Pursuant to Section 58(4) of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the senate, my decision, on 3rd March 2018, to decline presidential assent to the electoral amendment bill 2018 recently passed by the national assembly,” the letter read.

“Some of my reasons include the following -the amendment to the sequence of elections in Section 25 of the principal act, may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organize, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15(A) of the third statue to the constitution.

“The amend to section 138 of the principal act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates, unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process;

“The amendment to section 152 subsection 325 of the principal act may raise constitutional issues over the competence of the national assembly to legislate over local government elections".

With the rejection of amendments by the President, the next option left for the National Assembly is to override the President’s veto or let the act remain as it is.

Which option will the take? 

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