Buhari Dares National Assembly, Rejects Adjusted Poll Timetable

President Muhammadu Buhari has by his veto to the Electoral Act amendment dared the National Assembly, which threatened to override him should such happen. The Senate and the House of Reps had adjusted the election timetable poll, putting legislative elections before the executive’s in next year poll.

Daily Trust claimed President Buhari had communicated his decision to the National Assembly through the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

The two presiding officers are expected to read the letters to their colleagues at plenary between today and Thursday.

There has been opposition to the amendment, which critics including some senators said was self-serving.  The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had also suggested it would stick to its earlier released timetable save the president assented to the amendment. Defiant, the National Assembly insists it is within its purview to adjust the election timetable. The president’s veto will expectedly spark outrage from the federal legislators and it is to be seen if they will carry out their threat.

Fola Ademosu

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