December 22, 2021

Senate ‘chickens out’ of overriding Buhari’s veto on Electoral Act Amendment Bill

The Senate

…Says it will act on Buhari’s letter in January

…To consult with Reps, Constituents on next line of action

By Henry Umoru

THE Senate Wednesday fell short of the expectations of many Nigerians, especially stakeholders in the electoral process when it could not carry out its avowed readiness to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021.

Before resumption of plenary today there was palpable tension in the Senate wing following Tuesday’s threat by the Senators that led to the collation of signatures where seventy- Senators had showed their determination to override President Buhari’s veto.

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The Senate had on Tuesday in one day, dissolved into a closed door session twice to deliberate on the letter of President Muhammadu Buhari and take a position on the withholding of assent to the 2021 Electoral Act Amendment bill.

The move to break into an Executive session at 1.57pm which lasted for forty five minutes was sequel to a point of order raised by Senator George Sekibo, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers East which therefore heightened the tension

Senator Sekibo who came under Order 14 and 15 said that the closed door session became imperative because the Senate after today’s session would commence the Christmas and New year holiday.

Earlier today, there were strong indications that the Senators would override  President Buhari’s veto on the Electoral Act Amendment bill as the  machines at the hallowed Chamber were  tested to ascertain whether or not they were  working and the board showed clearly that the machines were in good shape.