The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the National Assembly to immediately override President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the amendment of the Electoral Act.
In a statement by the PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the main opposition party said the legislative action was imperative as the President’s decision was a “calculated attempt to hold the nation to ransom, inject crisis into the electoral process and ultimately scuttle the conduct of the 2019 general elections, seeing that there is no way he can win in a free and fair contest.”
The party noted that Buhari’s refusal to sign the amendments passed to check rigging in the election raises issues of his sincerity of purpose.
PDP stated that: “We invite Nigerians to note that this is the fourth time President Buhari is withholding assent on the amendment, without any cogent reason following his rejection by Nigerians.
“Nigerians can recall how the Buhari Presidency plotted to plunge the 2019 elections into a needless controversy by delaying the submission of the election budget to the National Assembly, presenting it at the time the legislators were commencing their annual vacation and asking for virement of funds already approved for development projects, instead of sending a fresh supplementary budget for the election.”
The main opposition party also charged political parties, stakeholders and Nigerians to demand the entrenching of rules and processes that will guarantee the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.