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27 Mar 2018

Electoral act amendment: Senate decries $50,000 bribery allegation, orders investigation

The Senate on Tuesday reacted to the allegations that some senators were collecting $50,000 to sabotage the plan to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on the electoral act amendment bill seeking to re-order the sequence of general elections in the country.

The upper chamber consequently referred the matter to its ethics and privileges for investigation, and to report back in one week.

This resolution was sequel to the adopted order 15 raised by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi representing Delta North senatorial district.

In his presentation, Nwaoboshi suggested that the allegation affected his privilege, stressing that it was unfortunate that many of the lawmakers were dragged into the unfortunate development.

In his words, “My constituents have been calling me for explanation and it is very unfortunate that many of us are being dragged into this unfortunate development.”

Also speaking, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa representing Abia North said the allegation was scandalous.

He said, “I stand here to declare that I know nothing about it. This matter must be thoroughly investigated to find out whoever is involved and that such a person is brought to book”.

Not only was the Senate affected by the allegation, some members of the House of Representatives were also said to be collecting $30,000 to foil the plan to override Buhari’s veto on the said bill.

Presiding, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki was unhappy over the claim as he remarked that the allegation even impugns on the integrity of the entire members of the hallowed chambers. He subsequently hit the gavel in confirmation of the Senate’s resolution.

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