The House of Representatives on Wednesday threatened to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto if he withheld his assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, told the press that members would not change their minds on the Electoral Act as amended.
According to him, the National Assembly expected the president to sign the bill, reordering the sequence of the elections. But said that if Buhari withheld hs assent, the legislature would override his veto.
Namdas said, “We are serious about this issue and we are not ready to reverse it. For now, the bill has gone to Mr. President and we are waiting for his response. If his response is that he won’t sign, we are ready to override his veto.
“I can assure you that in both chambers of the National Assembly, we will get the required two-thirds majority to override the veto.
“This is because this was an issue that the two chambers already agreed that the order of elections should be National Assembly first and presidential election last.”
Section 25 of the new Bill, now awaiting Buhari’s assent, changed the order of elections so that the National Assembly elections to come first, with the presidential poll as last.
However, on Monday the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu made it clear that INEC would stick to its timetable and not the one in the new bill.
Mr. Yakubu told the press in Abuja that so long as there was no new law in operation, the commission would stick to its timetable.