The lawmaker representing Delta Central on the higher chamber of the Nationwide Meeting, Ovie Omo-Agege has revealed that the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance forbids President Muhammadu Buhari from signing the Electoral Act (Modification) Invoice.
In accordance with Information Company of Nigeria, NAN, the All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmaker gave this perception in Abuja on Friday night time.
Article 2 of the protocol forbids member nations from making “substantial modification” to their electoral legal guidelines lower than six months to elections “besides with the consent of a majority of political actors”.
Omo-Agege, who’s a staunch supporter of the President, famous that with the elections lower than three months away, signing the invoice would violate the ECOWAS instrument.
NAN experiences that the presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections are slated for Feb. 16, 2019, whereas these of governorship and State Homes of Meeting elections will maintain on March 2.
Omo-Agege mentioned, “I’ve but to see the president’s letter to the Senate, however this invoice means a lot to Mr President. On day he would need to signal it.
“Nevertheless, with out even seeing the explanations he has superior to this point, I’m conscious of the challenges posed by the ECOWAS protocol.
“I don’t know if that’s a part of the explanations he has superior, however with the invoice coming two months or thereabout earlier than the election, assenting to it is going to breach the protocol.”
NAN experiences that Buhari didn’t point out the ECOWAS instrument as a part of his causes for declining assent to the invoice for the fourth time.
The president’s newest choice got here in a letter dated Dec. 6, 2018 and addressed to each chambers of the Nationwide Meeting.
He mentioned signing the modification invoice with elections shut by may “create some uncertainty concerning the laws to control the method”.
“Any actual or obvious change to the foundations this near the elections might present a possibility for disruption and confusion in respect of which legislation governs the electoral course of,” he said.
Buhari, due to this fact, requested the Nationwide Meeting to particularly state within the invoice that the amended Electoral Act would come into impact after the 2019 basic elections.
Reacting to the event, Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi, who represents Delta North on the platform of the primary opposition Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP), mentioned the explanations given by the president had been “untenable”.
“It’s not purpose for him to not signal the invoice as a result of the Senate labored with INEC (Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee) in getting ready that invoice.
“If INEC felt in any other case, they’d have suggested us once we had been engaged on it.
“You might be conscious of the controversy that this problem of modification of the act has generated, with folks accusing the Senate of not desirous to amend the act.
“We amended it, however he declined assent the primary, second and third time; he made sure observations, which we agreed with.
“We despatched it once more, and the rationale he’s giving now could be that it’ll disrupt the election. It’s actually unlucky,” he mentioned.