Senate Announcing the development, Leader of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said “in view of the sensitive nature of the bill and its importance, it is vital to give the committee more time to do a thorough job.’’
After his remarks on it, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, put the issue to voice vote and the “`step down’’ was unanimously adopted. The bill scaled second reading on Oct. 10, a day after the Red Chamber resumed from recess.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, in a statement in Abuja, announced the president’s decline of assent to the Bill. He had explained that the president declined endorsement of the bill due to some drafting issues and the period fixed for political parties’ primaries, among others.
In August, Enang had clarified that the bill, which was forwarded to the President on Aug. 3, was “alive and awaiting assent.’’ The clarification was against the backdrop of media report that Buhari had again vetoed the bill forwarded to him for assent.
But, Enang explained that the vetoed bill was the one sent to the President on June 27 and not the one passed by the Assembly on July 24, the day the lawmakers commenced their annual recess. In February, the president rejected the first Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018 forwarded to him for assent and gave reasons. SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW ⬇⬇⬇