Joshua Omoloye, Abuja
As uncertainty continues to pervade the signing of the Electoral Act amendment bill into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Presidency has urged Nigerians, particularly members of the civil society to wait for Buhari’s decision within the stipulated time frame.
The Presidency, therefore, cautioned against unlawful act of incitement by any section of the society against perceived refusal by Buhari to give the country the much awaited electoral reform.
Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina in a statement on Monday said the right things will be done within the lawful time while reminding Nigerians that the President still has nine days to assent the bill.
Adesina in the statement titled, ‘Assent to Electoral Bill: No need for Saber-Rattling’ said “Some interest groups are cashing in on what they consider a delay in the signing of the Electoral Bill into law by the President to foment civil disorder and muddy the waters.
“One can just pity their ignorance of Constitutional requirements, as the President has a window of 30 days within which to sign the Bill, or decline assent after it had been transmitted to him by the National Assembly.
“It is on record that the amended Bill was sent to the Presidency on January 31, 2022, which means that the Executive could do due diligence on it till March 1, as prescribed by the Constitution.
“A proposed legislation that has to do with the electoral fortunes of the country needs to be thoroughly scrutinized, and be made as near-perfect as possible.
“Those playing cheap politics with it are, therefore, encouraged to hold their peace, knowing that the right thing will be done within the lawful time”.