JUST IN: Reps to override Buhari on Peace corps bill

JUST IN: Reps to override Buhari on Peace corps bill

JUST IN: Reps to override Buhari on Peace corps bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld assent to the amendment passed by the National Assembly which changed the sequence of elections in the country.

INEC had in its own sequence of elections, fixed February 16, 2019, for Presidential and National Assembly elections, and March 2, 2019 for governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.

Briefing newsmen, Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Honourable Abdulrasaq Namdas said that, the House had earlier decided that "We will not act on the electoral act until the president either assent or choose to withhold his assent, and from there we will know the action that we are going to take".

President Buhari, at various times, either rejected the bills or did not communicate his decision to the House after the stipulated 30 days.

On the Peace Bill, Mr Buhari said in a letter to the House that he would not sign the legislation considering its financial and security implications.

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He also in 2017 refused to sign the bill establishing the University of Wukari, Taraba state, based on what he described as wrong use of some phrases in the bill.

"Section 4 of the legislative powers, item 22 it says that the National Assembly has power over the election to the office of the President, Vice President, the governor and deputy governor or any other offices to wit anybody may be elected under this constitution excluding election to local government council or any office in such council".

The House requires 240 members to make up its two-thirds, while the 109-member Senate requires 73 members to veto the president's assent.

This ruling is a sequel to an oral application made in a suit filed by the Accord Party against the National Assembly, the Attorney General of the Federation, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The source, which did not want to be named in print, however, said that there were signals that the lawmakers would summarily override Buhari's veto because the action of the National Assembly was properly guided.

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New Telegraph learnt that the Presidency has started mobilizing people at the National Assembly to work against the anticipated override from both chambers of the apex parliament.

"We will re-gazette the electoral act and expunge the areas which the president mentioned and which we are in agreement with the president and in line with the constitution".

The statement reads, "those advising the President on the reordered electoral sequence must have deceived him that the amendment was targeted at his reelection".

Regarding the bill on the amendment of the electoral act which Buhari also rejected, Namdas said the lawmakers will address areas of the bill the president disagreed with and re-introduce it for passage.

The statement added that with the support of Nigerians, any candidate that emerges on the platform of the PDP ahead of 2019 will clinically defeat President Buhari at the polls and lead the nation back to the path of progress, national cohesion and a vibrant economy.

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