2019 Poll Re-ordering: Lawmakers Vow To Override Buhari's Veto
Members of the House of Representatives are about to wear the same trousers with the President Muhammmadu Buhari.
The lawmakers on Wednesday promised a showdown with the president if he withheld his assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
They said there is no going back on the bill, particularly the provision on the re-ordering of elections ahead of the 2019 polls.
A controversial new Section 25 introduced into the Act, changed the sequence of elections by making the National Assembly elections to come first while the presidential poll will come last.
The amendment had passed in both the Senate and the House and its now awaiting Buhari’s assent.
However, in the elections timetable already released by INEC before the amendment was passed, the presidential election was fixed to come first.
Only on Monday, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had said that the commission would stick to its timetable and the one revised by the National Assembly.
Yakubu, who spoke at a consultative forum with the media in Abuja, had said that so long as there is no new law in operation, INEC would stick to its timetable.
But, speaking on Wednesday, the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, said members would not change their minds on the Electoral Act as amended.
He stated that the National Assembly expect Buhari to append his signature to the bill.
However, Namdas said if Buhari failed to sign, the legislature would override his veto.
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