Mixed reactions have continued to trail the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the electoral amendment bill into law.
Concise News had reported earlier that the President had said in a letter sent to the National Assembly, that signing the bill into law could “create uncertainty and confusion during the forthcoming elections.”
President Buhari said an amendment to the law close to the election period may provide an opportunity for disruption and confusion in respect of which law governs the electoral process.
Apparently displeased by the President’s action, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) stressed that by refusing to sign the electoral amendment bill into law, President Buhari is willing to plunge Nigeria into crisis.
Reacting to President Buhari’s comment in a statement on Friday, Ikenga Ugochinyere, CUPP spokesman, said the president “expectedly failed” to take advantage to write his name in gold by signing the bill.
Declining to assent to the bill, CUPP said, was an act of “clear desperation” on the president’s path.
In the same vein, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to air their opinions on the matter.
Concise News captured some of the reactions below…
It is the right time to share TraderMoni few days to a major election but a wrong time to sign the #ElectoralBill…..👏👏👏
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) December 8, 2018
"Buhari Refuses To Assent To The #ElectoralBill As Amended" cause it election eve but sharing traders moni is well suited for the election eve.. Yeye dey smell
— MedhAryan★ (@micdow21) December 8, 2018
On this #ElectoralBill matter, I feel the National Assembly should pass the law by two-thirds of both chambers and overrule the President’s decision.
— Ebuka Akara (@ebuka_akara) December 8, 2018
I just read on The Electoral Act Amendment Bill and it looks like it would make rigging easily detectable through electronic audit of voter cards.
Isn’t that a good thing for the country? #ElectoralBill
— Ebuka Akara (@ebuka_akara) December 8, 2018
It’s in the nature of military and dictators to seek to perpetuate themselves in power by all means. We overcame third term agenda of former President Obasanjo. We will overcome rejection of the #ElectoralBill by President Buhari. We must take our elections to the #NextLevel.
— ThankGod Ukachukwu (@kcnaija) December 8, 2018
Now you are piverting…every change reqested by the Executive up to typos & full stops were amended. See, the whole world is watching, the reason for not signing an #ElectoralBill is in the open& will affect the ordinary Nigerian, u &I not the likes of Buhari/Saraki. He failed. https://t.co/jDBj30fgD2
— Dele Ajala 🇳🇬 (@Mr_Ajala) December 8, 2018
— Jeff Okoroafor (@JeffOkoroafor) December 8, 2018
As you wake this morning, remember that "Mr Integrity":
Refused to sign the #ElectoralBill
aimed at making the electoral process more credible and transparent
— Dadiyata 🔴 (@dadiyata) December 8, 2018
— Ayomide Alao (@alao_ayomide) December 8, 2018
Dear @bukolasaraki @NGsenate In front of you now is the biggest challenge yet. The interest of the masses is now in your hands,you have to get the Senators and reps to vote and sign the Electoral Bill! Our country is falling apart under one many ever again! #ElectoralBill
— Songy (@Songymarcelo) December 8, 2018
— ProfBlu (@Prof_Blu) December 8, 2018
The @nassnigeria will Veto GMB & d #ElectoralBill will become law.
There would be no 10million unregistered, underaged Kano, Kaduna, Kastina votes 2 win election for GMB.
GMB & APC will lose woefully come Feb 2019. @atiku is Nigeria next President. #GNWA#GetNigeriaWorkingAgain
— Ezinne (@wetriumphstill) December 8, 2018
We all agree that the #ElectoralBill is a step in the right direction but just as @MBuhari stated, the timing for this bill is wrong. Confusion will be the end result if assented to NOW. pic.twitter.com/ZjTloPtWQC
— Chukwuemeka_Official🇳🇬👑💯 (@IAm_ChukwuEmeka) December 8, 2018
— Ayobami (@dondekojo) December 7, 2018
#ElectoralBill: 2019 Will be a Contest of Rigging–A THREAD
The game is over for Buhari. He & his minders know it. Atiku will win at least 45% of the Muslim north & more than 45% of the southwest. These 2 blocs are supposed to be Buhari's strongholds, but he is losing them 1/7
— Farooq Kperogi, Ph.D (@farooqkperogi) December 8, 2018
BREAKING: Your President has refused to accent the 2018 #ElectoralBill, there is need to ask Buhari what his plans for 2019 elections are ? Apparently, he is not planning for a free and fair election. https://t.co/frAu4UYhXg
— Oluyemi Fasipe🇳🇬 (@YemieFASH) December 7, 2018
If Saraki and Dogara cannot get the NASS to overide Buhari’s veto on the #ElectoralBill. The 2019 elections would be in jeopardy. They must show Buhari that the young generation must force him out. They must not cowards. And every Nigerian must call on their senator to assent!
— ThankGod Ukachukwu (@kcnaija) December 7, 2018
Buhari is afraid of card reader!
Buhari is afraid of free and fair election!
Buhari knows that Nigerians are tired of his too many stupidity and incompetence
— ATIKUAIR #GuguwanAtiku #AfefeAtiku #IkukuAtiku (@AtikuAIR) December 7, 2018
It's only a president that has F9 in Mathematics and Nigerians are still looking for his WAEC examination number, would decline assent to an electoral amendment bill for the 4th time! #ElectoralBill
— Deji Adeyanju (Maybeks) (@Maybeks) December 7, 2018
— Abel Udoekene Deji Adeyanju (@abelekene) December 8, 2018
Electoral bill is too close to the election to be signed.
Trader moni is perfectly okay at this time, so close to the election. #ElectoralBill
I really need some beer pic.twitter.com/EhJU9oqWXn
— Maazi_Fran6is (@MFran6is) December 8, 2018