The Majority Chief of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has mentioned President Muhammadu Buhari can’t be compelled to signal the electoral modification invoice.
Lawan, talking with NAN, mentioned the president’s choice to withhold assent was not an enormous deal, noting that it was completed within the curiosity of the nation.
The lawmaker acknowledged that the 2010 electoral act was adequate for the conduct of the 2019 basic elections.
“That the president declined assent to the invoice was no massive deal.
“We will nonetheless use the electoral act, 2010, that was utilized in 2015 basic election. That is to allay the fears of the residents, who may suppose that the 2019 elections wouldn’t be effectively carried out with out the modification.
“What we have to do is to have a look at the few lapses, particularly when it comes to administration which doesn’t want any authorized backing.
“INEC carried out an excellent election in 2015 with the prevailing act. So, I consider that we are able to use that and no one ought to begin considering that the elections won’t be free and truthful.
“The 2015 elections had been free, truthful and clear. Everywhere in the world, we had been counseled for conducting such a reputable election. It’s not like the present act is so faulty that we can’t use it,” he mentioned.
Lawan added that “If we can’t use the present amendments in 2019, who says we can’t use it within the 2023 elections and elections in between 2019 and 2023.
“So, nationwide curiosity is of utmost significance and never the noise being made by some individuals. So, there isn’t any cause for fear or agitation.”
Lawan mentioned the president’s motion was not a egocentric one, including that he scrutinised the invoice earlier than deciding to withhold assent.
“The president believes in due course of and as such he’ll do something potential to make sure that our election processes are clear.
“For me, Mr. President took his time along with his advisers to review the invoice earlier than developing with the choice. We’re all working within the curiosity of the nation and as such no one ought to declare to be extra patriotic than the president.
“The president has his monitor data. This can be a president that his entire life has been dedicated to public good. He has by no means proven selfishness or completed something to boost his private standing.
“All he does is for Nigeria to be higher. So, I wish to say that he can’t be compelled to signal one thing as essential because the electoral invoice,” he added.