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Senator Criticizes Over-riding of Buhari’s Veto

Senator Adeola Refuses to be Part of Decision to Override Buhari's Veto

Senator Criticizes Over-riding of Buhari's Veto

A Nigerian Senator, has criticized attempts by the Nigerian senate to override President ’s veto on the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018.

The All Progressive Congress senator( ) made this known in Abuja on Sunday, December 9, in a statement by his media adviser, Kayode Odunaro.

He added that he would not be a part of the decision to override the president’s veto as it is not feasible.

“As a senator and Nigerian, I cannot be part of any move to override the president’s veto on the Electoral Bill.

Senator Adeola added that passing the bill into law to take effect from the 2019 elections as observed by the president will not be fruitful as the country has only few months to election.

According to the senator, those making the calls to override the president’s veto did not have the interest of Nigerians at heart as they were not bothered about the success of the 2019 general elections.

“The president clearly stated his reasons for the veto and I think they are cogent enough to be accepted by all in national interest.

“Good enough, the president is not totally foreclosing the need to amend the Act as he clearly stated that such process can take place after the 2019 elections,” he said.

President Buhari had on Friday, December 7, declined assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018 for the fourth time.

According to the Lagos state senator, the move by the senate will not carry two-third majority of the house and is only a waste of precious legislative time and overheating the polity in place of other important legislative agenda.

“At this point, I will stand with all those desirous of peaceful and transparent election as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“With the assurances by INEC that it is ready to conduct a free and fair election with or without the amendment of the electoral law, only those with ulterior motives will want to override the president’s veto less than three months to the general elections.”

 

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