Femi Gbajabiamila,Majority Leader of the House of Representatives have noted that himself and other members of the All Progressives Congress, APC may not be able to do anything if the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers muster two-third of members to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
Gbajabiamila, however, said that APC members in the House will cancel any plan to override President Buhari’s veto to turn the Electoral Act amendment into law.
Gbajabiamila spoke with reporters in Abuja on the matter, explaining that the APC had more than the required number to stop the process.
He explained that for the house to override the president’s veto, it requires a minimum of two-third majority of its members.
He said the president declined to assent the bill to enable many Nigerians have the opportunity to vote in case of card reader malfunction.
“We have seen instances where the card readers have failed, what Mr. President has done is to protect everybody in Nigeria, many could be disenfranchised and we do not want that.
“If they are able to muster two-third and push it forward, there is nothing we can do but as a party, we are not going to be part of it as it makes no sense to override in the case of an important document,” he said.
The majority leader explained that a fire brigade approach must not be adopted, saying that the amendment was too close to the elections “and that is the reason for the ECOWAS protocol.”
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