The Real Reason Buhari Has Not Signed Electoral Act

The Real Reason Buhari Has Not Signed Electoral Act

By Wires | The Trent on May 23, 2022
President Buhari
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Fresh facts emerged over the weekend suggesting that barring any last-minute success for lobbying, President Muhammadu Buhari may not sign the amended Electoral Act, 2022.

Sources within the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Aso Rock Presidential Villa confirmed over the weekend that President Buhari is disturbed at the huge financial resources being deployed by politicians to woo delegates for the presidential and governorship primaries.

Fazed by the number of money politicians are throwing at potential delegates, a source inside Aso Rock disclosed that part of “President Buhari’s concern is that this type of expensive venture is capable of fueling corruption in the country.

“With the number of statutory delegates that will increase the total number of delegates in our party from about 2,400 to between 10,000 and 12,000, it means more money will be needed to induce delegates. The President considers this wasteful.

For the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, it has only 810 delegates but with statutory delegates, the number will shoot up to 3,900.”

The source explained further that “whereas some political parties have already begun their primaries, signing the amended version now will mean shifting the goal post or the rules in the middle of a game or causing the political parties to start afresh.”

Vanguard however gathered that as part of guidelines released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, political parties are expected to submit the names of their delegates to the convention at least, no later than seven days to the convention.

By that guideline, the PDP would be expected to have submitted the names of its delegates to INEC yesterday.

Based on the Electoral Act earlier signed by President Buhari, PDP is going ahead with its primaries.

If the President later signs the amended version, an INEC official who spoke to the vanguard  on condition of anonymity said “this would create a muddle.”

Source: Vanguard


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