Following agitations that President Muhammadu Buhari should assent to the Electoral Act amendment bill, it has been reported that the President would make his decision known soon.
This was reportedly disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Saturday.
According to him, “Mr President is fully briefed on the bill, especially on the contentious issues therein and would shortly make his decision known to the National Assembly as to whether to sign the bill or withhold his assent.”
This is coming few weeks after the President wrote to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to seek their advice on the bill.
In reaction to this, INEC reportedly advised the President to sign the bill. The Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Jega, had appeared before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations, where he reportedly told the lawmakers that the parties would bear more burden, especially financially if the bill became law.
The AGF also told the President that restriction of parties to direct primary would cause confusion.