Federal lawmaker that represented Kaduna Central Senatorial district at the 8th National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani has revealed what he feels that is delaying the signing of the electoral bill into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the Comrade Senator, there is a particular clause in the bill that has made the signing difficult if not impossible and the clause is the part which requires political appointees to resign before contesting elective positions. Adding that they want this clause expunged if the bill must get presidential assent.
Shehu Sani who stated this via his twitter handle tweeted this:
“Political appointees don’t want to resign before contesting elective positions; that’s the clause they don’t want in the electoral Bill, hence the delay.”
Recall that about 26 civil society organisations have resolved to embark on a protest on Tuesday if the President fails to assent to the bill in two days.
The ultimatum is coming against the backdrop of the delay by the President, Muhammadu Buhari , in signing the reworked Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
The coalition urged its partners to converge on the Unity Fountain, Abuja, for the demonstration.
The coalition include Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, Yiaga Africa, Partners for Electoral Reform, International Press Centre, Institute for Media and Society, Nigerian Women Trust Fund, The Albino Foundation, Centre for Citizens with Disability, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, Labour Civil Society Coalition, Transition Monitoring Group, CLEEN Foundation and Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre.
Others are Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, Nigeria Network of Non-Governmental Organisations, Inclusive Friends Association, Enough is Enough, The Electoral Hub, Centre for Liberty, Take Back Nigeria Movement, International Peace and Civic Responsibility Centre, 100 Women Lobby Group, Women in Politics Forum, Raising New Voices, Millennials Active Citizenship Advocacy Africa and Ready To Lead Africa.