APC: Malami lobbied to stop Buhari from signing electoral bill

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has allegedly reached out to Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to stop President Muhammadu Buhari, from signing the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

National Assembly had on Tuesday pass the bill.

Although, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has also condemned the passage of the bill, the House of Representatives had stated on Tuesday that it would consider a veto if Buhari fails to assent to the bill, while members of the Senate expressed the same sentiment.

The APC Governors’ Forum is looking to use the influence of the Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, to talk to Malami who is from the state and is reported to be nursing a governorship ambition in 2023

Governors at the meeting include Simon Lalong (Plateau), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano) and Mohammed Badaru (Jigawa).Dr Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Mai Mala Buni (Yobe), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Simon Lalong.

The governor said, “There have been concerns that political parties are voluntary organisations, and our concern is that once you limit the abilities of the parties to choose options that they so desire, that may arguably be undemocratic, because nothing stops one party from adopting one or the other.

“Direct primary involves the supervisory role of INEC at multiple levels at multiple points; so, you can imagine that if political parties are doing their primaries through the direct system, INEC resources will be overstretched, and I think the chairman of INEC has even commented on that; so, whether the legislation has incorporated the financial implications or not, I don’t know yet.”

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has said lawmakers, who have problems with their governors, are the ones who pushed for the direct primary provision to be included in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

Bello said the lawmakers brought their personal agenda into the bill, which was wrong.

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