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Electoral Bill: Reps, Senate leaders read Buhari’s rejection letter

The leaders of the National Assembly (NASS) on Tuesday read the letter of Withdrawal of Assent for the Electoral Bill sent by President Muhammdu Buhari.

The rejection letter read by House of Representatives speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, claimed; “The conduct of direct primaries across the 8,809 wards across the length and breadth of the country will lead to a significant spike in the cost of conducting primary elections by parties as well as increase in the cost of monitoring such elections by INEC who has to deploy monitors across these wards each time a party is to conduct direct primaries for the presidential, gubernatorial and legislative posts”.

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On his part, the president of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, reading the letter during plenary after the Senators came out from a closed-door session that was held from 10.42 to 11.42 am, noted President Buhari said that Direct Primaries would raise credibility issues as well as lead to undue interference, even as Buhari has asked the  Senate to quickly Consider 2021 Appropriation Virement of N13.588 trillion to fund infrastructure.

NewsWireNGR recalls that, National Assembly had on November 19 transmitted the bill to President Buhari for assent in pursuance of Section 58 (3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the Acts Authentication Act 2004.

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