The People’s Democratic Party(PDP) has urged the National Assembly to override the Presidential assent, and sign the bill into law.
This was stated by the PDP after President Buhari declined assent to the electoral amendment bill for the fourth time. In a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party’s National Publicity Secretary, the party advised the National Assembly to do the needful, as it considers Buhari’s attempt a deliberate one to scuttle the normal electoral process.
Will Buhari Bow To Pressure?
After declining assent to the bill for the fourth time, there have been opinions by political analysts, and politicians alike that President Buhari is disrespecting the rule of law by refusing to sign a bill passed by the Senate.
While the President has relayed his reasons for decline to the National Assembly, huge pressure has followed, as many believe the President is trying to avoid defeat by declining assent.
In his explanation of his declination, Buhari explained that it is in the best of interest of Nigeria as signing a new electoral bill into law, this far into preparations for elections will not only scuttle due process, but raise dusts, and questions about the veracity of the nation’s legislative process.
He said if the National Assembly agrees that the electoral amendment bill will take effect after the 2029 election, he will sign it into law, hence, the nation should stick to its previous guide.
Opposition’s Jibes, And Cries Of Foul Play
A statement by Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan explains that President Buhari has no reason to withhold assent on the electoral amendment, as he called on Nigerians to note the development.
“We invite Nigerians to note that this is the fourth time President Buhari is withholding assent on the amendment, without any cogent reason following his rejection by Nigerians.
“Nigerians can recall how the Buhari Presidency plotted to plunge the 2019 elections into a needless controversy by delaying the submission of the election budget to the National Assembly, presenting it at the time the legislators were commencing their annual vacation and asking for virement of funds already approved for development projects, instead of sending a fresh supplementary budget for the election,” he said.