By Musa Adamu and Ikechukwu Okaforadi
It is not true that President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld Assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill passed by the National Assembly on July 24, 2018 and forwarded to him on August 3, 2018, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) Ita Enang, has clarified.
Ita Enang further clarified that what the President had reservations on and declined assent to was the Electoral Amendment Bill forwarded to him on June 27, 2018 by the National Assembly.
He further explained that Buhari’s reservations on the second Bill were on account of technical and settled legal issues and that the attention of the National Assembly was duly drawn to those reservations.
He said “was declined Assent on July 26, 2018 in compliance with the constitutionally mandatory 30 days within which Mr. President is to Assent or decline Assent to a Bill passed by the National Assembly.”
“Accordingly, there is before Mr President for consideration a valid and subsisting Electoral Bill being considered in accordance with standard presidential operating processes relating to transmitted legislative measures”, Enang said.