President Muhammadu Buhari has for the umpteenth time, declined his assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018, alleging irregularities and draft issues, Vanguard reports.
This came as the President also withheld his assent on seven other bills, including the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2017. However, the President’s refusal to sign the bill drew the ire of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere; Director of Media and Public Communications, Coalition for Nigeria Movement and Deputy Chairman of the Nigeria Intervention Movement, Mr. Akin Osuntokun, and immediate past Vice President of Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Monday Ubani. They all expressed fears that the President’s refusal to sign the bill posed a grave danger to next year’s elections.
Reacting to the development, yesterday, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law was because he was scared of free and fair elections.