Reps fume over Electoral Act, move to veto Buhari on Section 84(8)


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has declared that the House will consider a motion to override President Muhammadu Buhari on Section 84(8) of the Electoral Act.

Gbjabiamila directed Ben Igbakpa to present a motion for the House to consider overriding the president.

Igbakpa, who lost his primary election, raised a point of order challenging calling for a veto of the President on the controversial Section 84(8).

It would be recalled that the lawmakers had erroneously omitted statutory delegates for convention and primary elections.

The lawmakers passed an amendment to address the omission, however, the president is yet to sign the bill.

In his point of order, Igbakpa said the lawmakers must veto the president because the 30 days window presented by the Constitution for a president to sign or decline assent has elapsed.

Gbajabiamila, while responding, said it will take a 2/3 vote to veto the president, hence, the lawmaker should present a substantive motion to that effect.

Earlier, the deputy minority leader Toby Okechukwu, who also lost his primary election lamented the role of the electoral act in the Tsunami that hit the National Assembly.

He called for the review of the electoral act.

Newspot had reported that the Speaker also lamented the losses suffered by the lawmakers due to the delegate system.

Reps fume over Electoral Act, move to veto Buhari on Section 84(8)

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