President Muhammadu Buhari has finally written to the National Assembly, explaining the reasons why he refused to sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021.

The official letter by Buhari is a confirmation of the consistent position of African Community News that the President was not going to sign the Bill as presented to him by the National Assembly.

Three previous reports by this paper had all stated categorically that reliable sources in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa have told us that the President would not approve the Bill because of the clause that provided for political parties to conduct direct primaries in selecting their flag-bearers during elections.

In a letter to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, the president said that prevailing situation in the country would not allow him to sign the bill.

Among other reasons for rejecting the bill, the president cited high cost of conducting direct primaries, the security challenge of monitoring the election, violation of citizens’ rights and marginalization of small political parties.

Buhari said he had received informed advice from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Government, and had also carefully reviewed the Bill in light of the current realities prevalent in the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the circumstances.

The president said that it would be better to allow each political party to determine its mode of selecting candidates for election.

 

 

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