President Muhammadu Buhari has been warned not to sign into law, the Electoral Act 2010 amendment when transmitted to the Executive by the National Assembly
“Withholding assent will be the sole indication that the President is not part of the scheme to sabotage the country’s electoral process,” the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) declared on Sunday.
According to the CNPP, “members of the legislative branch of the Nigerian government have made themselves the number one adversary of Nigeria’s democracy” as a result of their actions.
Instead of working to improve the system, the National Assembly members, according to the organisation, have become a huge impediment to deliberate efforts to gradually enhance the country’s democracy.
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The CNPP, in a statement issued by its Secretary-General, Willy Ezugwu, said the MPs’ choice to go against the general will of Nigerians was not unexpected.
According to the organisation, the National Assembly, which is ruled by the APC, is full of members who are out to sabotage the electoral process by voting against Nigerians’ aspirations.
“All Nigerians who hoped that the National Assembly, particularly the Senate, would vote in favour of improving the country’s election process in a way that will lead to a freer, a fairer, and more credible process for the sake of good governance and the rule of law,” the statement continued.
“It is unthinkable that a Nigerian legislator would vote for the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), a federal government institution under the full supervision of the administration, to approve a statutory role of INEC.
“No political party can be in power indefinitely. As a result, it is political foolishness for a legislator to pass legislation that benefits his or her political party.
“Worse still, even when there is no crisis in their respective political organisations, we have witnessed the ruling party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) exchange members and even candidates in an election, demonstrating a lack of democratic values or ideology,” the CNPP stated.
“If the President does so, we will meet in court since the amendment will not stand,” the CNPP said.