Electoral Amendment Bill Is PDP Agenda, Katsina Lawmaker Alleges
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim has insisted that the Electoral Act Amendment 2018 which sees to reverse the order of elections is Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agenda aimed at frustrating the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the 2019 election.
The Katsina South lawmaker, who spoke in Abuja, insisted that those plotting to override the President’s assent on the Bill will fail.
According to him, it is practically impossible for those plotting to override the assent of the President to secure two-third majority on the floor of the upper chamber.
Ibrahim described the adoption of the conference report which placed presidential election last in reordered sequence of elections as an afterthought that will be defeated on the floor of the Senate.
He said: “I am sure there is no way we can override the President on the floor of the Senate. They cannot get the two-third required to override Mr. President. I am against the Bill. You cannot just come now and say you want to change the election sequence. I will not for vote for it. I will stand up to oppose it even if it is only me alone. I will oppose it. I am from Katsina State. Whatever happens, I will oppose it.”
“Even if the National Assembly has the power to reorder election sequence, it remained an afterthought coming when it did.
“The PDP has no president, APC has. From the totality of the Bill, this Bill is working for the PDP, not APC. The Bill is PDP agenda.”
On the legal advice which dismissed the premise upon which President Buhari withheld assent to the Bill, Ibrahim noted that whatever the legal advice might be, it will still come to the floor of the Senate for consideration.
Ibrahim asked Nigerians not to worry about the Bill since “it will die a natural death”.
Nigerians, he said, should rather worry about the inability of the National Assembly to pass the 2018 budget months after it was presented.
He also said that Nigerians should be worried about the inability of the Senate to confirm many nominees forwarded to it for consideration and approval.