Electoral Bill: We Will Resist Any Plan To Veto Buhari - Gbajabiamila
The dust that the latest refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018 raised is still far from settling.
Just few days ago, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiagele Ezekwesili, joined the Peoples Democratic Party in a demand for a veto of the President's decision.
But on Wednesday, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, expressed the readiness of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House to resist any veto attempt.
He said they would thwart any plan to override President Buhari’s veto to sign the Electoral Act into law.
Gbajabiamila, an APC Chieftain from Lagos, told reporters in Abuja on Wednesday that the party had more than the required number to stop the process.
He explained that for the House to override the President’s decision, it would require a minimum of two-third majority of its members.
President Buhari had declined assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill on the grounds that it was too close to the 2019 general elections to change the rules of engagement.
Gbajabiamila said that the National Assembly needed to put in more touches to the bill for it to be signed into law.
He said the president declined to assent the bill to enable many Nigerians have the opportunity to vote in cases of card reader malfunction.
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“We have seen instances where the card readers have failed, what Mr President has done is to protect everybody in Nigeria, many could be disenfranchised and we do not want that.
“If they are able to muster two-third and push it forward, there is nothing we can do but as a party, we are not going to be part of it as it makes no sense to override in the case of an important document,” he said.
The leader explained that a fire brigade approach must not be adopted saying that the amendment was too close to the elections “and that is the reason for the ECOWAS protocol".
The lawmaker supported President Buhari's reason, saying it is too late in the game to begin to tinker with the rules.
"The APC has the numbers to stop a veto," he emphasised.
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