The National Assembly has been urged to set in motion the process to veto President Muhammad Buhari should the president declined assent to the Electoral Act amendment bill.
The call was made on Monday in Kano by the Organisation for Community Civic Engagement (OCCEN) in conjunction with the Kano Civil Society Forum.
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Addressing journalists, the Executive Director of OCCEN, AbduRazak Alkali, said, “The National Assembly has done a wonderful job and this is the first time that the legislature, the CSOs and the generalities of Nigerians are on the same page.”
He said the president’s referral of the bill to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may turn out to be a delay tactic which will eventually lead to the use of the 2010 Electoral Act in the conduct of the election, despite its deficiencies.
Alkali stressed that; “sadly, this issue is taking a similar approach to how the President behaved pre 2019 elections which made INEC use the 2010 Electoral Act despite all deficiencies in the Law”.
He said the President needs to do away with the selfish interests of some Nigerian politicians and focus on what is in the best interest of Nigeria and its citizens.
He said it is very clear to all peace-loving Nigerians that the conduct of the party elections through direct primaries in Nigeria remains the most transparent mode of nominating candidates.
“While the current system of indirect primaries has handicapped women and youths from achieving their political leadership, the direct primaries would surely give them that chances and opportunities,” he said.