President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated President Adama Barrow of The Gambia over his re-election for a second term of five years.
Naija News reports that Buhari’s congratulatory message to Barrow was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, December 7 through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
President Buhari commended the country’s Independent Electoral Commission for dutifully handling the electoral process.
He also applauded citizens of the West African country for their high sense of civility, maturity and patriotism.
He assured President Barrow and all Gambians of Nigeria’s commitment and partnership as they collectively work on making the country better and stronger for posterity.
Naija News understands that Barrow has been in office since 2017 as the third president of the country and was just re-elected for another five years.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed satisfaction with the electoral amendment bill transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari recently by the National Assembly.
Recall that the President had on November 29 sought the advice of INEC and other critical stakeholders regarding the electoral amendment act.
In the letter sent through his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, President Buhari asked the Chairman of the electoral body, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, to give his expert opinion on the contentious bill.
Two major amendments in the bill are the compulsory use of direct primaries by political parties to choose candidates for election as well as the provision to allow INEC to transmit election results electronically or decide otherwise.
However, a source in the Presidency told TheCable that INEC has asked the President to sign the electoral bill as amended by the National Assembly.
The source said that the electoral body said it is satisfied with the bill, adding that the provisions in the bill would strengthen the electoral process and make future elections more credible.
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