Electoral Act: Wike Blasts Buhari Over Selfish Interest

Electoral Act: Wike Blasts Buhari Over Selfish Interest

Following the Electoral Act, information reaching Naija News House says that Wike Blasts Buhari Over Selfish Interest

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that the request by President Muhammadu Buhari to amend Section 84 (12) of the newly assented Electoral Act is a selfish move aimed at protecting sacred cows within his cabinet.

Wike, who reacted with mixed feelings to the signing of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law on Friday, said although the introduction of electronic transmission of results will reduce killings and electoral fraud in the country, the president’s reservations on Section 84(12), which deals with the status of political appointees during party conventions and congresses, is selfish.

Briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said Buhari’s reservation indicates that protecting the interest of his appointees was all the while the main reason for not signing the amended bill and not the initial rejection on the ground of the mode of conducting party primaries.

The Rivers State Governor called on the National Assembly not to be taken as “kindergartens” by refusing to amend the section of the newly signed Electoral Act as requested by President Buhari. He equally challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to seize this opportunity to prove its credibility in delivering acceptable elections.

A ‘Great Deal Of Improvement’

President Muhammadu Buhari with Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila at the signing of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill in Abuja on February 25, 2022.

The president stated this in his speech on Friday while signing the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law at a brief ceremony held at the Council Chamber of the Aso Villa in Abuja. Buhari believes the section disenfranchises serving political office holders from voting or being voted for at conventions or congresses of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election in cases where it holds earlier than 30 days to the national election.

President Buhari stressed that the provision introduced qualification and disqualification criteria that ultra vires the Constitution by way of importing blanket restrictions to serving political officeholders. He, however, acknowledged the ‘great deal of improvement’ in the Electoral Act, compared with the previous Electoral Bill, 2021.

According to the president, the law contains salient provisions that could positively revolutionize the nation’s elections via the introduction of new technological innovations.

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