NASS cosigns Buhari’s stance, rejects direct primaries option

NASS cosigns Buhari’s stance, rejects direct primaries option

The National Assembly (NASS) has reversed its decision regarding the incorporation of a compulsory direct primaries clause in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

1st News learned that the House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 19, enacted the move while adopting both the direct and indirect primaries. It also expunged the consensus option.

During the plenary, the NASS Lower Chambers had gone into a closed-door session after which the chamber became rowdy. But the reason for the rowdiness was unclear as they were seen in different groups conferring.

In the same vein, the Senate had recommended both the direct and indirect primaries.

This move by the NASS came weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari had declined assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, citing the compulsory direct primaries clause.

In a letter to the NASS, Buhari had faulted the move, saying it is expensive and also against the spirit of democracy.

“The amendment to Section (138) of the Principal Act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process and the amendments to section 152 (3)-(5) of the Principal Act, may raise constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over Local Government elections,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has explained issues surrounding the proposed removal of the fuel subsidy; noting that President Muhammadu Buhari has not asked any official in his regime to implement the removal of petroleum subsidy.

Lawan disclosed this to State House correspondents on Tuesday, January 18; after a meeting with the President at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

According to him, the purpose of his visit is to convey the concerns of the various constituencies; represented at the National Assembly over certain issues; especially the proposed removal of fuel subsidy.

But Lawan said the lawmakers were concerned about the various agitations and protests across the country; a development that necessitated his discussion with Buhari.

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He said, “Many of us are very concerned with the recent agitations, protests and many citizens were so concerned; our constituents across the country are very worried that the Federal Government will remove the petroleum subsidy. And for us as legislators representing the people, this must be of interest to us.

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