Assent To Electoral Bill: Presidency Defends Delay, Says No Need For Saber Rattling

The Muhammadu Buhari Presidency has defended the Nigerian President’s delay in assenting to the latest electoral act amendment bill passed and transmitted to him by the National Assembly (NASS).

The defence was contained in a State House statement signed and circulated in Abuja on Monday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The Presidency alleged that some interest groups are cashing in on what they consider a delay in the signing of the Electoral Bill into law by the President to foment civil disorder and muddy the waters.

“One can just pity their ignorance of Constitutional requirements, as the President has a window of 30 days within which to sign the Bill, or decline assent, after it had been transmitted to him by the National Assembly,” it added.

The State House statement said “it is on record that the amended Bill was sent to the Presidency on January 31, 2022, which means that the Executive could do due diligence on it till March 1, as prescribed by the Constitution.

“A proposed legislation that has to do with the electoral fortunes of the country needs to be thoroughly scrutinized, and be made as near-perfect as possible.

“Those playing cheap politics with it are, therefore, encouraged to hold their peace, knowing that the right thing will be done within the lawful time.”