Senate Spokesman Picks Holes On Reasons By Buhari Not To Sign Electoral Act Amendment Law

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Senate Spokesman Picks Holes On Reasons By Buhari Not To Sign Electoral Act Amendment Law
Senator Ajibola Basiru

The Spokesperson of the Senate, Ajibola Basiru has described the arguments of President Muhammadu Buhari for not signing the Electoral Act Amendment Law as presumptuous and fallacious.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television, Basiru said, “the argument on the cost that had been raised by Mr president, with respect, is presumptuous and totally fallacious. There is nothing that is given that primary election must be conducted on a ward basis; it could as well be conducted on a local government basis.

“As regards argument on smaller political parties, smaller political parties may decide to even organise their direct primary at the state level.

“On the issue of security, an extension of that argument will be that because we have security challenges, then we should not even hold the 2023 elections; this is if we want to use what logicians called reductio ad absurdum, that is reducing the argument to the level of absurdity.”

He, however, said the National Assembly had four options as regards the rejection of the bill, ranging from discarding the bill, adjusting the bill in line with Buhari’s argument, removing the provision of direct primaries to overriding the President.

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