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Femi Gbajabiamil,The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the House would scuttle any plan to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto of the 2018 Electoral (Amendment) Bill.

Gbajabiamila was with journalists on Wednesday at the National Assembly, where he said that APC has more than the required number to stop the process if need be.

We need the votes of at least two-thirds of the members to override the president’s veto.

Recall that this is making it the fourth time the president has withheld his assent to the Electoral act (Amendment) bill .

President Muhamadu Buhari In a letter to both chambers of the National Assembly,said passing a new bill as the elections close by could “create some uncertainty about the legislation to govern the process.”

Many politicians, including leaders of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had called on the president to assent to the bill.

“The National Assembly should perfect the document and send it back, the president will sign it,” he said Mr, Gbajabiamila on Wednesday.

“The Constitution is very clear, it does not require the president to give a reason for veto. All he has to do is to say I am not signing,” he said.

Mr Gbajabiamila gave reason why Mr. president declined to assent the bill which was to enable many Nigerians to have the opportunity to vote in case of card reader malfunction.

Gbajabiamila reaffirmed “We have seen instances where the card readers have failed. What Mr President has done is to protect everybody in Nigeria, millions could be disenfranchised and we don’t want that.

“If they are able to muster two-thirds and push it forward, there is nothing we can do. But as a party, we are not going to be part of it. And it makes no sense to override in the case of an important document.

“We don’t have to use a fire brigade approach; it is too close to the elections, and that is the reason for the ECOWAS protocol. It is too late in the game to begin to tinker with the rules.

“We have more than the numbers to stop a veto.”



FACTSZONEMEDIA correspondent why gleaning the news session with other media at the National Assembly quarter delved into the controversial TraderMoni programme of the federal government, the House Leader said criticisms by members of the National Assembly were unnecessary because they passed the scheme in the 2018 budget.

Mr. Yakubu Dogara ,Speaker House of Rep, had recently condemned the distribution of cash to the public close to the general elections by the federal government.

He said no matter how genuine the intent may be, such measure is tantamount to vote buying and inducement, which are a clear case of corruption.

The Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, alleged similarly, robing in the federal government of using the TraderMoni programme as a “sophisticated vote-buying” plot to win the 2019 presidential election.

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