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Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by BeeBeeOoh(m): 10:19am On Mar 14
ABUJA- FOLLOWING President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent to the new amendment to the Electoral Act, which seeks to re-order the sequence of the polls during general elections, strong indications emerged yesterday that Senators have begun moves to override his veto.

It was gathered yesterday that lawmakers from both the House of Representatives and the Senate have commenced the process of getting members to actualize it, just as they have however vowed to get the two- third majority required to override the president.

Before the letter from the President was read by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Senate had moved into an executive session at 11.04am and resumed its plenary at 11.35am.

Senate President Bukola Saraki reported at the end of the executive session that the Senate deliberated on the workings of the upper chamber, the National Assembly and CBN.

But Vanguard gathered that at the closed session of the Senators, the matter of the vetoed bill came up, but was not discussed exhaustively.

A source at the executive session disclosed that Senate President Saraki alerted his colleagues that the bill had been rejected by the President and that the senate would need to take another look at the bill, just as the senators were said to have resolved to get further clarifications from the Legal Department of the National Assembly before going ahead with the planned override of the veto.

Meanwhile, it was also gathered that no fewer than 65 Senators have signed up to join in the battle to override the president’s veto, just as 43 Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are said to be solidly backing the decision to override the veto while so far 22 Senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are said to be
supporting the idea.

The source said, We are seeking like nine members to join the race so that we can get the required 73 Senators needed to override the veto.”

It was also gathered that Senators who are loyal to the Senate President have decided to bring back the rested Senators of Like Minds, which projected the Senate President for the position in 2015.

A source said that originally, members of the Like Minds are in excess of 35 senators, but that a number of lawmakers were sitting on the fence, even as it was also gathered that of the 24 Senators who constituted the Senate Unity Forum (SUF), some are also sitting on the fence, thus making the task of to be difficult at the moment for the APC.

According to the 1999 Constitution, the National Assembly requires two- third before it can override the presidential veto.

Section 58 (4 & 5) of the 1999 Constitution provide the procedures by which the National Assembly may override the veto where a President withholds assent to a bill passed by both chambers.

Section 58 (4) reads: “Where a bill is presented to the President for assent, he shall within thirty days thereof signify that he assents or that he withholds assent.

Section 58 (5) also 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.”

Meanwhile, the immediate past Chairman of Northern Senators Caucus and former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, APC Nasarawa West, yesterday declared that the rumored suspension allegedly being planned against him by the Senate leadership , if eventually carried out , would amount to abuse of power

In a statement yesterday in Abuja which he made available to Journalists, Senator Adamu said that the alleged plan against him and other subtle attacks that had been made on him, would not in anyway deter him from remaining loyal to the ruling party , the All Progressives Congress ( APC) and fight its enemies on the floor of the Senate

He said, “I have heard what I consider to be rumours to the effect that the senate plans to suspend me. I hope it is a mere rumour bandied about in the current climate of mutual recrimination.

“However, I would not be surprised if such an extreme form of punishment is being contemplated by the senate leadership.

” I would caution against the decision, if indeed such a decision is on the cards, to suspend me because it would serve no purpose other than to demonstrate the exercise of power in a manner that results in its abuse.

“If the intention is to gag me or intimidate me, I am afraid it would not be worth the effort. Neither adversary nor adversity can force me to abandon my resolve as a matter of personal honour and principle to always speak the truth and defend the truth. It is not in my nature to see what I consider to be wrong and either keep quiet or pretend that it is not my concern. Whatever affects the interests of this administration is my concern because as a senator and as a member of the ruling party, I am but a servant of the APC brought into power on the consent of the good people of this country who expect the government to serve, protect and defend their interests.”

Adamu who chronicled his alleged offence against some forces in the senate to be when he stood up on the floor few weeks back to caution against running the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari down, kicked against new sequence of elections inserted into the electoral act amendment bill along with some other senators etc , said the voice of dissent he offered at such instances, are democratically and constitutionally allowed.

According to him, shutting out such dissenting voice would inflict irreparable damage to the Parliament and by extension , the nation’s democracy, adding, “The day we snuff out the right of dissent in and outside the senate legislative chambers would mark the beginning of our loss of individual and collective rights as Nigerian citizens. May such a day never come.”

He explained further that all allegations leveled against him so far with regard to destabilisation plot against the Senate and its leadership were barefaced lies , saying ” to achieve what and for what purpose ?

He however said as a Senator of the federal republic of Nigeria , his loyalty to the Senate as an Institution would remain intact regardless of whatever his antagonists in the senate do at the end of the day.

The statement reads in part:” The public is aware that I have been the subject of vilifications by both the leadership and my distinguished colleagues in the 8th senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the past three weeks or so.

” Various attempts have been made, and are still being made, to impugn my integrity and question my support for the leadership of the senate and my loyalty to the senate.

“Good, I have thus far refrained from a press war in defence of myself because I am fully aware that a press warfare resolves nothing. In all wars, including a press war, the truth suffers; the public becomes less informed and more confused about the facts and the issues at stake.

” I have taken some necessary steps within the confines of the senate to defend myself and re-assure my distinguished colleagues that I remain unshaken in my commitment and faithful to my oath as a legislator on whom the constitution imposes the burden of making laws for the good governance of our dear country.

“I am now forced to respond to some of the barefaced lies and the nasty allegations against me because the public has the right to know the facts. My objective is to properly educate the public on my ‘crime’ or ‘crimes.’ It is important for the public to know that I have committed no crime against the senate and/or its leadership.

” I have done nothing to bring the revered upper legislative house to ridicule intentionally or inadvertently.

” I am in the senate primarily to represent the interest of my people in the South-Western senatorial district of Nasarawa State. My voice is the voice of my people; my stand on critical national issues that agitate us is the stand of my people. To suspend me on the basis of baseless allegations that do not amount to the infraction of senate rules, is to deny them my voice and my representation.

” The power to suspend a senator be exercised with a grave sense of responsibility in order to protect the integrity of the senate as an important democratic institution and of individual senators.

“I believe we need to retrace our steps and reconsider our stand as legislators on matters of public interest. Our party, APC, has the majority in both chambers of the national assembly, yet we hold the executive prisoner of politics that are unhealthy for the polity.

“It is such a terrible irony that we sabotage our own government by refusing to do our part in support of the executive. Appointments requiring senate approval are held up. The consequence is that the public has nicknamed the president and his administration go-slow.

“The people gave us the mandate as a party to deliver. With our control of the executive and the national assembly, there is no reason why the government cannot acquit itself and fulfil the yearnings of the people. Perhaps, while we are consumed with sabotaging the administration and stabbing one another in the back, we forget that in less than a year from now, we shall be required to seek the people’s revalidation of our mandate to sit in these hallowed chambers. What shall we tell them?”

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/03/election-re-ordering-senators-commence-moves-to-override-buharis-veto/

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by Mogidi: 10:19am On Mar 14
Just do us all a favour and just impeach the dullard.

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by Firefire(m): 10:21am On Mar 14
Good move. The dullard afraid of his shadow... grin

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by FixNaija(m): 10:32am On Mar 14
Nigerians! As much as I hate PMB style of leadership, the National Assembly also have their own shortfalls. How can we continue to sink N150B on just 469 individuals for a country of over 180million citizens? Left to me alone, I'd say let's address all the problems in 2019

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by dignity33: 12:00pm On Mar 14
FixNaija:
Nigerians! As much as I hate PMB style of leadership, the National Assembly also have their own shortfalls. How can we continue to sink N150B on just 469 individuals for a country of over 180million citizens? Left to me alone, I'd say let's address all the problems in 2019
Until you also no how much Buhari and Governors spent, have you also wondered how can a billions of naira can be budgeted for Aso clinic alone that have no paracetamol while a whole of National hospital in Nigeria gathered together are not equal to a single clinic budget, have you wondered where a single handbag cost of N40m will be used by a woman who have no office or N56m motorbike for a son who have no job or how much of our money has been spent in London hospital without accountability, my friend Dog don't eat Dog na them them.

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by FarahAideed: 12:03pm On Mar 14
Please after you override just use the opportunity to impeached the failure of an animal jare

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by ALAYORMII: 12:07pm On Mar 14
Comedy of errors


Senators that are pushing for death penalty for hate speech but feeling unconcerned about the bane of the Nigerian society.

Endemic corruption at all phases of the Nigerian society

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by bamoski(m): 12:07pm On Mar 14
Sai baba

We from benue are solidly behind you

SHARE for Buhari 2019

LIKE if you think he should go back to daura

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by eTECTIVe(m): 12:07pm On Mar 14
D one time dat d house of Assembly is actually doing something of note.. Why is d president worried about d election reorder? What is he afraid of? I jus hope dey eventually somehow overide his stupid veto. D sooner he realises he's not as popular as he thinks he is d beta for him

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by solid3(m): 12:08pm On Mar 14
Good.

Bye bye to Buhari.

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by free2ryhme: 12:08pm On Mar 14
Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by SoNature(m): 12:08pm On Mar 14
dignity33:

Until you also no how much Buhari and Governors spent, have you also wondered how can a billions of naira can be budgeted for Aso clinic alone that have no paracetamol while a whole of National hospital in Nigeria gathered together are not equal to a single clinic budget, have you wondered where a single handbag cost of N40m will be used by a woman who have no office or N56m motorbike for a son who have no job or how much of our money has been spent in London hospital without accountability, my friend Dog don't eat Dog na them them.


Please be informed: budgetary allocation is not spent money. It's a plan, which may or may not be executed.

Back to topic: I think that the quest to remove PMB isn't a good one per se because Nigeria needs a president from the south to restructure the country.

A Nigerian president of northern extraction can never restructure this country. And getting someone else from the north to lead this country means elongating their stay in power.

With present Nigeria's structure even Obama will fail here. All we need is restructuring and attitude change to fix this country

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by victorazy(m): 12:08pm On Mar 14
I thought they are moving for impeachment of Buhari

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by Ayanko(m): 12:09pm On Mar 14
Ok, waiting.

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by Angelb4: 12:09pm On Mar 14
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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by miracool946: 12:09pm On Mar 14
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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by BruncleZuma: 12:10pm On Mar 14
grin grin grin grin

Shey nah who sabi wetin democracy mean them go tell all this one?

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by osuofia2(m): 12:10pm On Mar 14
jokers, the dullard ear is blocked

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by AngryRebel: 12:12pm On Mar 14
The Senate should just impeach the incompetent fool of a President n Nigerians would be most grateful.

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by victorazy(m): 12:13pm On Mar 14
dignity33:

Until you also no how much Buhari and Governors spent, have you also wondered how can a billions of naira can be budgeted for Aso clinic alone that have no paracetamol while a whole of National hospital in Nigeria gathered together are not equal to a single clinic budget, have you wondered where a single handbag cost of N40m will be used by a woman who have no office or N56m motorbike for a son who have no job or how much of our money has been spent in London hospital without accountability, my friend Dog don't eat Dog na them them.

Not to talk about arranged Boko Haram negotiations

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by jchioma: 12:13pm On Mar 14
Predictable. It's a game of chess. 2019 loading. The Senate will win this, because their own interest is in the offing.
If Buhari wins according to existing inec law, many senators and hor members are not comng back.
Baba will do everything to frustrate his 'enemies', and most senators will be the worse for it.

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by nzeobi(m): 12:16pm On Mar 14
I support the senators, it's not anti buhari cos he won't be a life contestant so it good as contestants will now be judged by their competence and ability and not on bandwagon party sentiments.

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by xcolanto(m): 12:16pm On Mar 14
God bless the 8th Senate!
This move is done in the Interest of the masses.
The senate are not voted to please the executives but to please the masses via extension who they represent. I know how we put pressure on our senator to make sure he is one of those that makes two-third needed to veto the president on this democratic bill.

I shall continue to thank the leadership of the senate! His Excellency Bukola saraki for leading a Senate that is out to strengthen our democracy via using their constitutional rights to effect necessary laws for our country to move forward.

Next up shall be the peace Corp bill.

Hip hip hip!
hurray!!!!!
cool

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by Aweboyaweboy: 12:16pm On Mar 14
i totally support the senate on this......100% it will totally change d way election is conducted

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by anytexy: 12:16pm On Mar 14
Can this ever happen in 9ja. I doubt. But if..is a welcome development.., is good for our democracy..

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by ayusco85(m): 12:20pm On Mar 14
E Don open
Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by Xisnin(m): 12:22pm On Mar 14
Ride on Senators.
We are about to witness the first election that will be won on merit and not on blackmail.

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by Paradigm777: 12:22pm On Mar 14
bamoski:
Sai baba

We from benue are solidly behind you

SHARE for Buhari 2019

LIKE if you think he should go back to daura
Like kill you there!
Ode ni Bobo yi
Ara gbagha gi ba
Shege mutumin baza
Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by dignity33: 12:25pm On Mar 14
SoNature:



Please be informed: budgetary allocation is not spent money. It's a plan, which may or may not be executed.

Back to topic: I think that the quest to remove PMB isn't a good one per se because Nigeria needs a president from the south to restructure the country.

A Nigerian president of northern extraction can never restructure this country. And getting someone else from the north to lead this country means elongating their stay in power.

With Nigeria's president structure even Obama will fail here. All we need is restructuring and attitude change to fix this country
friend the budget is not spend is not for anything that concern Buhari why was his wife raise alarm when they couldn't find ordinary paretamol. why Mr. Corruption fighter is not telling us how he used our money?

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by Chukazu: 12:27pm On Mar 14
Anything that can hasten the removal of the BuBu is a welcome change

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Re: Election Reordering: Senators Commence Moves To Override President Buhari's Veto by WisdomFlakes: 12:34pm On Mar 14
APC is such a useless and unserious party. I mean, how can senators be working against their own party's interest? That is so dumb. What is Oyegun the chairman doing that he can't mediate between the presidency and the national assembly members of his party? Such a clueless party doesn't deserve to be in power.

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