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Senator Lawan
Senator Lawan

By Cecilia Ijuo

Senate majority leader Ahmad Lawan has backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, saying there was nothing to worry about.

Lawan told the Naija Politico (Naija Politico) in Abuja, that the Electoral Act (2010) was good enough for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.

He said the President’s decision should not be misinterpreted, adding that it was done in the interest of the country.

“That the President declined assent to the bill was no big deal.

“We can still use the Electoral Act, 2010, that was used in 2015 general elections.

“This is to allay the fears of the citizens, who might think that the 2019 elections would not be well conducted without the amendment.

“What we need to do is to look at the few lapses, especially in terms of administration which does not need any legal backing.

“INEC conducted a very good election in 2015 with the existing act.

“So, I believe that we can use that and nobody should start thinking that the elections will not be free and fair.

“The 2015 elections were free, fair and transparent. All over the world, we were commended for conducting such a credible election.

“It is not like the current act is so defective that we cannot use it, ” he said.

The leader said the bill could be worked on, to be used in elections beyond 2019.

He pointed out that: “If we cannot use the current amendments in 2019, who says we cannot use it in the 2023 elections and elections in between 2019 and 2023.

“So, national interest is of utmost importance and not the noise been made by some people. So, there is no reason for worry or agitation.”

Lawan said the President, as an elder statesman, had the interest of the country at heart and his action should not be misconstrued to mean selfishness.

According to him, the President cares for the masses, the progress, stability and development of the country and would not take any decision that would impact on the nation negatively.

“The President believes in due process and as such he will do anything possible to ensure that our election processes are transparent.

“For me, Mr President took his time with his advisers to study the bill before coming up with the decision.

“We are all working in the interest of the nation and as such nobody should claim to be more patriotic than the President.

“The President has his track records. This is a President that his whole life has been devoted to public good.

“He has never shown selfishness or done anything to enhance his personal status.

“All he does is for Nigeria to be better. So, I want to say that he cannot be forced to sign something as important as the electoral bill,” Lawan said. (Naija Politico)

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  1. Am in assist of NASS,u won’t be able to be psychological with development of this Place.
    Hiding driving social gathering affiliate to hinder our progress.

    If NASS pulls this off, that would be the finest reward
    to Nigerians this season. Electoral reform is not about Buhari winning or losing election, it’s about Nigeria conducting credible elections no matter who is president!

    Buhari is a risk to Nigeria’s democracy! It’s a shame he desires to exploit loopholes from the last election to fraudulently earn re-election.

    It is important. A verify on the 2015 election effects
    displays that out of the above 2million votes Buhari received from Kano, about 1million arrived from people today with
    no voters card. In Katsina, out of over 1million votes he got there,
    over seven hundred thousand arrived from people today with
    no voters card.
    This amended act will take away such and permit us have actual voters.
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