President Muhammadu Buhari has postponed his assent on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill to Friday, reliable presidency sources disclosed on Wednesday.

A source close to the Presidency revealed that Buhari will definitely give his assent to the electoral bill on Friday.

No reason was given for the change of date following the assurance by Presidency spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina that the president would sign the bill within hours last Tuesday.

Recall that the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Tuesday in a television programme, said that the President would sign the bill between Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The President will sign the electoral bill any moment from now.

“It could be today, it could be tomorrow, it could be anytime, but within the 30 days,” Adesina said.

Recall that the President had withheld his assent to the electoral bill in November 2021, citing the cost of conducting direct primary elections, security challenges, and possible manipulation of electoral processes as his reason.

GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that civil society groups have been mounting pressure on President Buhari to honour his words and give assent to the Electoral Bill following the amendments by the National Assembly to suit his earlier opposition.

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has said the inability of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct its national convention shows why the country “is in a terrible situation” saying the party has taken Nigeria back 50 years.

Addressing the PDP women leaders from the 36 states of the country at the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja on Tuesday, Ayu said a “party that cannot hold a convention, how can they lead the country.”

He said the APC has failed and the time had come for Nigerians to rally around the PDP to rescue the country from its present situation.

Source: Punch


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