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Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by zakim(m): 9:32am On Mar 14
President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld assent to the amendment passed by the National Assembly which changed the sequence of elections in the country.

The president cited constitutional reasons for his rejection in a letter he sent to Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

The letter was read by the presiding officers at both chambers during yesterday’s session.

The letter tagged, ‘Presidential decision to withhold assent to the Electoral amendment bill 2018,’ gave three reasons for the president’s action.

These are: “ A. The amendment to the sequence of elections in Section 25 of the principal act may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organize, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15(A) of the third statue to the Constitution;

“B. The amendment to Section 138 of the principal act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process;

“C. The amendment to Section 152 Subsection 325 of the Principal Act may raise constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over local government elections.”

To override the President, 2/3rd majority of both chambers of the National Assembly is required.

Section 58(5) of the 1999 Constitution reads: “Where the President withholds his assent and the bill is again passed by each House by two-thirds majority, the bill shall become law and the assent of the President shall not be required.”

While the 2/3rd of the Senate is 72, that of the House is 240. Since 1999, the National Assembly had only overruled the President once. It was during President Olusegun Obasanjo on the establishment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

We’ll block override – Ndume

Contacted, Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) said any move to override the president would be thwarted, as it would amount to overriding the yearnings of the masses.

Ndume is a member of a pro- Buhari group that came up following the controversies that trailed the passage of the amendment to the electoral act.

He said in a telephone interview with Daily Trust, “If they make any move to override the president we will block them. We are over 43 and more persons have indicated interest today. We are calling on our colleagues not to push the issue further because it is not in public interest.”

He said the amendment would double the cost of the conduct of the elections and expose Nigerians to associated risks.

“If the elections are conducted twice, the security implications would be less than when it is spread to three weeks as proposed by the bill,” he said.

But Ndume’s statement was faulted by a northern senator who claimed that they had more than the required 2/3rd to override the president.

The lawmaker who objected to being named said the camp of Nudme had only 10 senators.

“The president will override because all those who are with Senator Abdullahi Adamu are 10. And it is a game of numbers. Those who are with the president in the Senate are now with Saraki because of the exigencies of the parliament,” he said.

No action taken yet – Spokesperson

Speaking at an interview session at the Senate, the spokesperson of the Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, said no action had been taken on the matter.

“The Senate has not taken any action on the letter vetoing the 2010 Electoral (Amendment) bill 2018 for now because there are processes and procedures of taking such actions. “First, having received the letter yesterday (Monday) as read on the floor by the Senate President, the next line of action would be to approve it in our votes and proceedings tomorrow (today) after which it will be properly studied for any possible line of actions,” he said .

We are glad with Buhari’s action – Kaita

A member of the APC in the House of Representatives from Katsina State, Ahmed Babba Kaita, said they were glad that the president declined assent to the bill.

He said from the beginning, they knew that the president would not sign the bill into law because it was self-serving.

Asked if those in support of the bill could gather the required number to meet the constitutional two-third to override the president, Kaita said there was no way any such thing could happen.

“We’re waiting for them. The bill is intended to give the opposition an advantage, but we knew from the beginning that it wouldn’t scale through. We’re very glad that the president didn’t sign it into law. Let’s now see what they’ll do,” he said.

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/electoral-act-how-buhari-s-rejection-divides-lawmakers.html

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by Omeokachie: 11:04am On Mar 14
"Contacted, Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) said any move to override the president would be thwarted, as it would amount to overriding the yearnings of the masses."



What masses is the accused talking about?
Is it the ones he has been sharing his N13.5m monthly largesse with? or those abandoned in IDP camps?

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by Clerverly: 11:16am On Mar 14
Ipob urine drinkers would saddened by this news...

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by lastempero: 11:28am On Mar 14
Let me see if this house of assembly people get morale at all or whether na mouth dem get.
Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by dealslip(f): 11:45am On Mar 14
Wait oh! Was Ali Ndume not indicted in the Boko Haram debacle a few years back as a sponsor and constantly communicated with them. I cant believe he is now a senator of the FRN. shocked shocked shocked I cant believe this

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by Daplux4: 12:39pm On Mar 14
National Assembly should forget buharis second term and listen to the cry of Nigerians.

it's simple you can't give what you don't have
the president and his team has failed us we want to try another person.

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by Dannyset(m): 2:49pm On Mar 14
Nigerians make noise for nothing. Now that we know how much each SINator steal from us monthly just on allowance, what have we done? What has labour done? Where is occupy Nigeria?
These are issues PVC won't correct. All we are good at is to rant and at the end nothing.
We are in a sorry state.

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by Built2last: 2:50pm On Mar 14
Doomed.
Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by michoim(m): 2:54pm On Mar 14
Block Saraki and Dogara and their gang of thieves being sponsored by IBB and Atiku...

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by paymentvoucher: 2:54pm On Mar 14
I see it coming.

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by free2ryhme: 2:55pm On Mar 14
zakim:
President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld assent to the amendment passed by the National Assembly which changed the sequence of elections in the country.

The president cited constitutional reasons for his rejection in a letter he sent to Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

The letter was read by the presiding officers at both chambers during yesterday’s session.

The letter tagged, ‘Presidential decision to withhold assent to the Electoral amendment bill 2018,’ gave three reasons for the president’s action.

These are: “ A. The amendment to the sequence of elections in Section 25 of the principal act may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organize, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15(A) of the third statue to the Constitution;

“B. The amendment to Section 138 of the principal act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process;

“C. The amendment to Section 152 Subsection 325 of the Principal Act may raise constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over local government elections.”

To override the President, 2/3rd majority of both chambers of the National Assembly is required.

Section 58(5) of the 1999 Constitution reads: “Where the President withholds his assent and the bill is again passed by each House by two-thirds majority, the bill shall become law and the assent of the President shall not be required.”

While the 2/3rd of the Senate is 72, that of the House is 240. Since 1999, the National Assembly had only overruled the President once. It was during President Olusegun Obasanjo on the establishment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

We’ll block override – Ndume

Contacted, Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) said any move to override the president would be thwarted, as it would amount to overriding the yearnings of the masses.

Ndume is a member of a pro- Buhari group that came up following the controversies that trailed the passage of the amendment to the electoral act.

He said in a telephone interview with Daily Trust, “If they make any move to override the president we will block them. We are over 43 and more persons have indicated interest today. We are calling on our colleagues not to push the issue further because it is not in public interest.”

He said the amendment would double the cost of the conduct of the elections and expose Nigerians to associated risks.

“If the elections are conducted twice, the security implications would be less than when it is spread to three weeks as proposed by the bill,” he said.

But Ndume’s statement was faulted by a northern senator who claimed that they had more than the required 2/3rd to override the president.

The lawmaker who objected to being named said the camp of Nudme had only 10 senators.

“The president will override because all those who are with Senator Abdullahi Adamu are 10. And it is a game of numbers. Those who are with the president in the Senate are now with Saraki because of the exigencies of the parliament,” he said.

No action taken yet – Spokesperson

Speaking at an interview session at the Senate, the spokesperson of the Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, said no action had been taken on the matter.

“The Senate has not taken any action on the letter vetoing the 2010 Electoral (Amendment) bill 2018 for now because there are processes and procedures of taking such actions. “First, having received the letter yesterday (Monday) as read on the floor by the Senate President, the next line of action would be to approve it in our votes and proceedings tomorrow (today) after which it will be properly studied for any possible line of actions,” he said .

We are glad with Buhari’s action – Kaita

A member of the APC in the House of Representatives from Katsina State, Ahmed Babba Kaita, said they were glad that the president declined assent to the bill.

He said from the beginning, they knew that the president would not sign the bill into law because it was self-serving.

Asked if those in support of the bill could gather the required number to meet the constitutional two-third to override the president, Kaita said there was no way any such thing could happen.

“We’re waiting for them. The bill is intended to give the opposition an advantage, but we knew from the beginning that it wouldn’t scale through. We’re very glad that the president didn’t sign it into law. Let’s now see what they’ll do,” he said.

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/electoral-act-how-buhari-s-rejection-divides-lawmakers.html
Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by free2ryhme: 2:55pm On Mar 14
zakim:
President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld assent to the amendment passed by the National Assembly which changed the sequence of elections in the country.

The president cited constitutional reasons for his rejection in a letter he sent to Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

The letter was read by the presiding officers at both chambers during yesterday’s session.

The letter tagged, ‘Presidential decision to withhold assent to the Electoral amendment bill 2018,’ gave three reasons for the president’s action.

These are: “ A. The amendment to the sequence of elections in Section 25 of the principal act may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organize, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15(A) of the third statue to the Constitution;

“B. The amendment to Section 138 of the principal act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process;

“C. The amendment to Section 152 Subsection 325 of the Principal Act may raise constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over local government elections.”

To override the President, 2/3rd majority of both chambers of the National Assembly is required.

Section 58(5) of the 1999 Constitution reads: “Where the President withholds his assent and the bill is again passed by each House by two-thirds majority, the bill shall become law and the assent of the President shall not be required.”

While the 2/3rd of the Senate is 72, that of the House is 240. Since 1999, the National Assembly had only overruled the President once. It was during President Olusegun Obasanjo on the establishment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

We’ll block override – Ndume

Contacted, Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) said any move to override the president would be thwarted, as it would amount to overriding the yearnings of the masses.

Ndume is a member of a pro- Buhari group that came up following the controversies that trailed the passage of the amendment to the electoral act.

He said in a telephone interview with Daily Trust, “If they make any move to override the president we will block them. We are over 43 and more persons have indicated interest today. We are calling on our colleagues not to push the issue further because it is not in public interest.”

He said the amendment would double the cost of the conduct of the elections and expose Nigerians to associated risks.

“If the elections are conducted twice, the security implications would be less than when it is spread to three weeks as proposed by the bill,” he said.

But Ndume’s statement was faulted by a northern senator who claimed that they had more than the required 2/3rd to override the president.

The lawmaker who objected to being named said the camp of Nudme had only 10 senators.

“The president will override because all those who are with Senator Abdullahi Adamu are 10. And it is a game of numbers. Those who are with the president in the Senate are now with Saraki because of the exigencies of the parliament,” he said.

No action taken yet – Spokesperson

Speaking at an interview session at the Senate, the spokesperson of the Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, said no action had been taken on the matter.

“The Senate has not taken any action on the letter vetoing the 2010 Electoral (Amendment) bill 2018 for now because there are processes and procedures of taking such actions. “First, having received the letter yesterday (Monday) as read on the floor by the Senate President, the next line of action would be to approve it in our votes and proceedings tomorrow (today) after which it will be properly studied for any possible line of actions,” he said .

We are glad with Buhari’s action – Kaita

A member of the APC in the House of Representatives from Katsina State, Ahmed Babba Kaita, said they were glad that the president declined assent to the bill.

He said from the beginning, they knew that the president would not sign the bill into law because it was self-serving.

Asked if those in support of the bill could gather the required number to meet the constitutional two-third to override the president, Kaita said there was no way any such thing could happen.

“We’re waiting for them. The bill is intended to give the opposition an advantage, but we knew from the beginning that it wouldn’t scale through. We’re very glad that the president didn’t sign it into law. Let’s now see what they’ll do,” he said.

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/electoral-act-how-buhari-s-rejection-divides-lawmakers.html

when una go fight kill unaselves na im we dey it for

useless people

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by free2ryhme: 2:56pm On Mar 14
paymentvoucher:
I see it coming.

Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by kenodrill: 3:00pm On Mar 14
dealslip:
Wait oh! Was Ali Ndume not indicted in the Boko Haram debacle a few years back as a sponsor and constantly communicated with them. I cant believe he is now a senator of the FRN. shocked shocked shocked I cant believe this

Sorry ma which country are you from

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by usba: 3:05pm On Mar 14
Clerverly:
Ipob urine drinkers would saddened by this news...

We are sad for this news - Cownu's zombies

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by Kundagarten: 3:06pm On Mar 14
Buhari is a dolt.
Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by japhethGold: 3:09pm On Mar 14
The constitution has given NASS the power to veto the president so go ahead and VETO him and get the amendment passed.

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by SirBunky85(m): 3:21pm On Mar 14
zakim:
President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld assent to the amendment passed by the National Assembly which changed the sequence of elections in the country.

The president cited constitutional reasons for his rejection in a letter he sent to Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

The letter was read by the presiding officers at both chambers during yesterday’s session.

The letter tagged, ‘Presidential decision to withhold assent to the Electoral amendment bill 2018,’ gave three reasons for the president’s action.

These are: “ A. The amendment to the sequence of elections in Section 25 of the principal act may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organize, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15(A) of the third statue to the Constitution;

“B. The amendment to Section 138 of the principal act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process;

“C. The amendment to Section 152 Subsection 325 of the Principal Act may raise constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over local government elections.”

To override the President, 2/3rd majority of both chambers of the National Assembly is required.

Section 58(5) of the 1999 Constitution reads: “Where the President withholds his assent and the bill is again passed by each House by two-thirds majority, the bill shall become law and the assent of the President shall not be required.”

While the 2/3rd of the Senate is 72, that of the House is 240. Since 1999, the National Assembly had only overruled the President once. It was during President Olusegun Obasanjo on the establishment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

We’ll block override – Ndume

Contacted, Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) said any move to override the president would be thwarted, as it would amount to overriding the yearnings of the masses.

Ndume is a member of a pro- Buhari group that came up following the controversies that trailed the passage of the amendment to the electoral act.

He said in a telephone interview with Daily Trust, “If they make any move to override the president we will block them. We are over 43 and more persons have indicated interest today. We are calling on our colleagues not to push the issue further because it is not in public interest.”

He said the amendment would double the cost of the conduct of the elections and expose Nigerians to associated risks.

“If the elections are conducted twice, the security implications would be less than when it is spread to three weeks as proposed by the bill,” he said.

But Ndume’s statement was faulted by a northern senator who claimed that they had more than the required 2/3rd to override the president.

The lawmaker who objected to being named said the camp of Nudme had only 10 senators.

“The president will override because all those who are with Senator Abdullahi Adamu are 10. And it is a game of numbers. Those who are with the president in the Senate are now with Saraki because of the exigencies of the parliament,” he said.

No action taken yet – Spokesperson

Speaking at an interview session at the Senate, the spokesperson of the Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, said no action had been taken on the matter.

“The Senate has not taken any action on the letter vetoing the 2010 Electoral (Amendment) bill 2018 for now because there are processes and procedures of taking such actions. “First, having received the letter yesterday (Monday) as read on the floor by the Senate President, the next line of action would be to approve it in our votes and proceedings tomorrow (today) after which it will be properly studied for any possible line of actions,” he said .

We are glad with Buhari’s action – Kaita

A member of the APC in the House of Representatives from Katsina State, Ahmed Babba Kaita, said they were glad that the president declined assent to the bill.

He said from the beginning, they knew that the president would not sign the bill into law because it was self-serving.

Asked if those in support of the bill could gather the required number to meet the constitutional two-third to override the president, Kaita said there was no way any such thing could happen.

“We’re waiting for them. The bill is intended to give the opposition an advantage, but we knew from the beginning that it wouldn’t scale through. We’re very glad that the president didn’t sign it into law. Let’s now see what they’ll do,” he said.

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/electoral-act-how-buhari-s-rejection-divides-lawmakers.html
d truth is dat d senate and hor can't override pmb,forget abt all dese noise.from d onset,dey knew dat dey can't override pmb hence,all dose initial threats to overide pmb shud he withhold his assent was just a ploy to bully him to sign it.even some of d northern senators loyal to saraki would have to thread softly now.most of u think dat overriding a presido in dis country is all dat easy especially when d issue in contention is all about dia respective welfare and not for d masses.I still dey wait make dem override am.until den,dey shud stop telling us dia plans

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by SirBunky85(m): 3:31pm On Mar 14
japhethGold:

The constitution has given NASS the power to veto the president so go ahead and VETO him and get the amendment passed.
when dey pass it hope dey will still force inec to follow dia orders?nass best bet is to approach a court after pmb might have shunned dia yeye bill if at all dey will even get liver to overide pmb.it seems u are yet to come in terms with d enormous powers of d presidio abi?pmb can even shun d outcome of d lawcourts and nothing will happen
Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by aademola11: 3:33pm On Mar 14
Surely, Saraki, Ekweremadu, Melaye and co will suffer for their actions against the present government. Though not their fault but the President that promised he could work with anybody irrespective of party.

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by hooohaaa: 3:37pm On Mar 14
I want to predict that the law makers will not dare over ride the veto of the president., especially the APC law makers. The reason is simple. if the list of the people who participate in overriding the president is made known after the vote, which is likely, then it is bye bye in 2019 for them. Afterall it is a well known fact that most of them came on board due to the popularity of the president.

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by Newbiee: 3:46pm On Mar 14
They should make the list of Pro and Anti override senators and house members open for their constituencies to know where they stand, for action in 2019.
Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by FarahAideed: 3:51pm On Mar 14
dealslip:
Wait oh! Was Ali Ndume not indicted in the Boko Haram debacle a few years back as a sponsor and constantly communicated with them. I cant believe he is now a senator of the FRN. shocked shocked shocked I cant believe this

Why should you be surprised that Buhari who was once nominated by Boko Haram to be their spokesperson in negotiation with the govt and also warned the govt to stop it's offensive against Boko Haram is today the President of Nigeria ...they don't call Nigeria shithole for nothing you know

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by ELKHALIFAISIS(m): 3:58pm On Mar 14
if this clumsy old dullard is popular as he claimed , this change of electoral plan will never be a headache to him... who will bail the cat now

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Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by Lykemyke: 4:06pm On Mar 14
hooohaaa:
I want to predict that the law makers will not dare over ride the veto of the president., especially the APC law makers. The reason is simple. if the list of the people who participate in overriding the president is made known after the vote, which is likely, then it is bye bye in 2019 for them. Afterall it is a well known fact that most of them came on board due to the popularity of the president.
Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by Ratello: 4:19pm On Mar 14
Too late
Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by SillyMods: 4:38pm On Mar 14
japhethGold:

The constitution has given NASS the power to veto the president so go ahead and VETO him and get the amendment passed.
Go help them.
Re: Electoral Act: How Buhari’s Rejection Divides Lawmakers by hamzyluv(m): 5:07pm On Mar 14
japhethGold:

The constitution has given NASS the power to veto the president so go ahead and VETO him and get the amendment passed.

Do u realize that buhari will not be the president for ever ? .. Consider the day an Igbo man will become president and Hausa's REP and Senates will override his constitutional right to use private toilet at the ASO Rock Villa ... Yoruba president inclusive .

The bill only targeted a person for now , not minding the consequence after

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