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Buhari Speaks On Refusal To Sign Electoral Bill

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Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari has explained why he refused to assent to the electoral bill after it was passed by the National Assembly in 2021.

In a recent interview monitored on Channels Television, Buhari expressed readiness to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill if the necessary adjustments are made.

He said NASS should add consensus candidates, indirect primary options to the mode of selecting a candidate for an election, as against the initial direct mode as the only option to conduct primaries by political parties.

 

He said;

 

“All I said (is that) there should be options. We must not insist that it has to be direct; it should be consensus and indirect.”

 

Asked if he would sign if the lawmakers effect the change in that direction, the President said;

 

“Yes, I will! I will sign.

“There should be options, you can’t dictate to people and say you are doing democracy. Give them other options so they can make a choice.”

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