Electoral Amendment Bill: Pro-Buhari Senators Move To Thwart Senate Veto
In what may be described as battle for supremacy in the Senate, lawmakers loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari are reportedly gathering signatures to disrupt Senate decision to override Buhari’s veto power in the passage of the controversial Electoral Amendment Act.
Buhari had written to both chambers of the National Assembly on his decision to withhold assent to the controversial Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill which seeks to re-order the sequence of polls in such a way that the presidential election would come last during the general elections.
Leading the move is Senator Abdullahi Adamu from Nasarawa State, who had earlier met with an APC governor from the North-Central, one from the South-West and another from the North-West.
It was reliably learnt that a minister from the South-South was also part of the meeting, where it was agreed that the pro-Buhari members of the National Assembly would be mobilised to frustrate the likely overriding of the President on the bill.
“So far so good, we should have got the needed number that we need, which is just over 40. They need 73 or two-third of the 109 to override the veto but we need less than 50 to frustrate that.
“The Peoples Democratic Party caucus just met tonight and part of their agenda is how to achieve the imposition of the bill on the President,” a source at the meting said.