Pro-Buhari Senators Gather Signatures To Stop Senate Veto
Senators loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari have started gathering signatures as part of efforts to frustrate moves by the upper chamber to veto the electoral bill.
It was also learnt that some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors have intervened to ensure that the Senate’s decision to override Buhari’s veto power in the passage of the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010 was not successful.
The President had on Monday written to lawmakers on his decision to withhold assent to the controversial Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill which seeks to re-order the sequence of polls in such a way that the presidential election would come last during the general elections.
It was gathered that members of Buhari’s cabinet and governors on the platform of the ruling APC had been mobilising members of the National Assembly loyal to Buhari to frustrate the move to override the President’s veto on the amended Electoral Act.
An APC governor from the North-Central, one from the South-West and another from the North-West were said to have been part of a meeting with the lawmaker representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, in Abuja last Thursday. Adamu is leading the opposition to the amendment, which is considered to be anti-Buhari in the Senate.
It was reliably learnt that a minister from the South-South was also part of the meeting, where it was agreed that the pro-Buhari members of the National Assembly would be mobilised to frustrate the likely overriding of the President on the bill.
Recall that the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus had alleged that the APC has constituted eight governors to gag the National Assembly not to veto President Buhari’s refusal to assent to the amended Electoral Act.
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