The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of the Electoral Act 2019 (Amendment Bill) is a sign that his commitment to a free and fair 2019 election is mere lip service.
The PDP said this in a statement released by its publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
It however stated that Buhari’s veto did not come as a surprise.
The opposition party urged the National Assembly to immediately override the president’s veto, asking legislators to stand with Nigerians in the overall quest for credible elections.
The statement said, “It is now manifestly clear to Nigerians that all the reasons adduced by President Buhari for withholding his assent in the past were lame excuses.
“The clerical and drafting arguments put forward by President Buhari could not in anyway outweigh the importance of amendments meant to engender a free, fair, credible and transparent elections in 2019.”
President Buhari had declined assent to the amendment Bill transmitted to him by the National Assembly due to some alleged drafting issues.