Electoral Act Dilemma, Presidency Vs House
THE dilemma between the Presidency and the House, over the new Electoral Act seems not to be over yet.
Investigations at the weekend indicated that the Senators and members of the House of Representatives were yet to see concrete evidence of APC, putting in place a peace option after the visit of the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC to the chambers.
The Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC met with the APC caucuses in the National Assembly last week in a bid to stall the planed override of the Presidential veto of the Electoral Act Amendment bill, 2018.
Meanwhile, following President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent to the new amendment to the Electoral Act, which seeks to re-order the sequence of the polls during general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has ordered its members in the Senate to give a bloc vote to ensure that Senators override his veto.
A source according to Vanguard, said that the Leadership of the PDP has asked all the Senators elected on the platform of the party, to ensure that they all give a bloc vote to ensure that the process of overriding the President succeeds.
It was also gathered the PDP Senators are at the moment very sure of forty members that have already signed to vote for the process.
Though at the moment, the PDP has 44 members, but the support from four members is still very dicey against the backdrop that two of the PDP Senators who have gubernatorial ambition in their states and to contest under another party, outside the PDP, especially the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA are sitting on the fence.
According to the source, one of the Senators from Ebonyi, another one from Imo, one from Ogun State and one from Anambra states have not actually thrown their weights behind the project as the PDP Senators are still waiting for their signatures.
A source also told Vanguard that one of the Senators from Imo State, said he has refused to sign in line with the directives of the party, because he was still spying at the activities of other members in the APC.
It was also gathered that another PDP Senator before now, precisely last month, was sitting on the fence, but the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki was said to have intervened and the Senator had a change of mind.
The cross of the matter, the President had rejected the bill on account of claims that its passage would infringe on the constitutional powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying that it portend a situation where the National Assembly would be seen as legislating for the states on local government management. Which legal opinions has as well faulted.