Electoral Act: Senate Backtracks, Refuses To Override Buhari's Veto
Nigeria Senate

Nigeria upper legislative chamber, the senate, has said it will no longer go ahead with its plan to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto power on the 2010 Electoral Act (amendments) Bill 2021.

The development follows the conclusion of a 40-minute closed session by the members of the red chamber.

Arising from the meeting, The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, said the senate cannot unilaterally make decisions on next step to take after Buhari withheld assent to the bill.

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He disclosed that the upper chamber had decided to consult with members of the House of Representatives on the matter to decide the next line of action.

He explained that since the House had gone on recess and the constitution states that both chambers should take a joint decision on the matter, it would be proper for them to wait till January before any action could be taken.

Lawan also said the Senate in the closed session agreed that members should consult with their constituencies who are critical stakeholders in the electoral process.

Electoral Act: Senate Backtracks, Refuses To Override Buhari's Veto
Nigeria Senate

Pampamnews reports that the the Senate had on Tuesday, adjourned plenary till today (Wednesday), to allow the lawmakers override the President on the 2010 Electoral Act (amendments) Bill 2021.

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The lawmakers had agreed to override Buhari, a decision that prompted 73 senators to sign the process that will facilitate the move.

Some of the senators expressed dissatisfaction with Buhari, refusal to Assent the bill, saying that the reasons he gave were not compelling and cogent enough.

The closed session which lasted for 37 minutes started at exactly 10:44 am and ended at 11:21 am.