Electoral Bill: What Buhari Gives With The Right, He’ll Take With His Left – Galadima

A file photo of Buba Galadima.

 

Former National Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Change (CPC), Buba Galadima, believes President Muhammadu Buhari will not sign the amended electoral bill which currently awaits his assent.

Galadima, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, said Nigerians and the National Assembly should not be deceived into believing that what will be assented to is in the citizen’s best interest. According to the elder statesman, if Buhari “signs any electoral bill with reservations, it means he has not signed the electoral bill”.

“This bill before Buhari contains the views of the representatives of the people; he has no choice,” Galadima said during the current affairs show.

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The former spokesman for the presidential campaign council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said Buhari proved him right by not signing the bill when it was earlier sent. He added that the only reason the president is now willing to sign the bill is that the press and civil society organizations are mounting pressure on him. Be that as it may, Galadima believes that the presidency is playing some tricks.

“They are doing a kind of 419, he will sign the bill and send a list of things he doesn’t like which will secretly be passed for him and we are in it. There will be no change even if he signs because what he gives us with the right hand, he will take from us with the left,” he said.

“For you, he has assented to the amended 2010 Electoral Act but in the real sense of it, he will take whatever gains the people had put into the electoral act.”

Galadima’s comments come a few hours after the signing of the re-worked Electoral Act Amendment Bill scheduled for Wednesday was moved to Friday, February 25. A source close to the Presidency, who had earlier indicated that the President would assent to the bill on Wednesday, confirmed the new date to Channels Television. According to the source, the new date will be honoured by the President.

On January 25, lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives chambers of the National Assembly passed the harmonised version of the bill. The harmonised version was received by President Buhari a week later, as confirmed by his Senior Special Assistant on NASS Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare.

He withheld his assent to the bill in November 2021, citing the cost of conducting direct primary elections, security challenges, and possible manipulation of electoral processes by political players as part of the reasons for his decision.

But the President gave some conditions to give his assent – an action that prompted the lawmakers to re-work the bill, leading to the emergence of two versions in the green and red chambers. The House had re-amended the bill to include the direct and indirect primary options while the Senate re-adjusted it to include the direct, indirect, and consensus modes of selecting political parties’ candidates.

Both chambers later passed the harmonised version – the final agreed version of the amendment to Clause 84 which included the direct, indirect, and consensus primary modes. Amid an outcry from critics, who raised concerns about the delayed signing over fears that the President might reject the bill again, a presidential aide, Femi Adesina, said his principal’s action was within the requirements of the law.

He stated that it would only be appropriate to say President Buhari has acted against the law if he exceeds the 30-day window provided by the Constitution to take a decision on the bill.

Senator Omoworare Withdraws From APC Governorship Primary

BREAKING: Senator Omoworare Withdraws From APC Governorship Primary

 

The lawmaker representing Osun East in the National Assembly, Senator Babajide Omoworare, has pulled out of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election.

Senator Omoworare announced his withdrawal in a statement by the director of communications for his campaign organisation, Tunde Dairo, on Friday in Osogbo, the state capital.

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The statement read, “In view of obvious political realities which are beyond our control, Senator Babajide Omoworare will not present his Ward Agents, mobilise his supporters, or deploy resources for the APC Governorship Primary election of July 20th, 2018.

“This development is with the ultimate view of ensuring party cohesion and for All Progressives Congress to secure victory at the September 22nd Governorship election in the state.”

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The APC primary election is taking place in the 332 wards across all the local government areas of the state.

The election is conducted by a committee led by Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari, and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as one of its members.

The committee was set up by the APC national leadership to ensure a free and fair primary that would be accepted by party members in the state.

Following the withdrawal of the three aspirants, 14 candidates will now battle for the APC ticket in a bid to succeed Rauf Aregbesola, should the party win the September 22 governorship election.

Senator Cries Out, Says Bickering Is Hindering National Assembly’s Progress

Babajide Omoworare, National AssemblyA Senator representing Osun East Senatorial District, Senator Babajide Omoworare, is worried that bickering has stalled the progress that could have been achieved in the 8th National Assembly.

He is asking his colleagues in the Senate to shun personal aggrandisement in the interest of the nation.

Senator Omoworare made the request during an interaction on Monday with reporters at Osun NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel in Osogbo, capital of Osun State.

He noted that the crisis in the National Assembly was a collective error on the part of major stakeholders among the concerned politicians and that this constituted a hindrance to national development.

Speaking on the withdrawal of charges against the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu by the Federal Government, Omoworare said such sacrifice may be necessary to pave way for progress and development.

He said: “I’m not happy with what is happening in the 8th Senate which has stalled the progress that we would have made. We would have made appreciable progress if there was no bickering in the Senate. And there is no way the executive arm could succeed when the Senate is in trouble”.

Omoworare, who was removed from the position of Chairman of Senate Committee on Rules and Business in the Senate, said he had no grudge against the Senate President and that he was never part of any plot to remove Saraki.

“I have my views and opinions on issues going on in the Senate, but I never partook in any move to impeach the President of the Senate even when I was removed as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business where I was serving diligently”, he stated.

Senate Debates Bill Seeking To Free Illegally Detained Inmates

The Senate is taking steps to review the administration of justice system to ensure the decongestion of prisons across Nigeria.

A lawmaker, Senator Babajide Omoworare (ACN-Osun) on Wednesday introduced a bill to amend the Criminal Justice (Release from Custody) Act 2004 to make it mandatory for the Comptroller General of Prisons to send monthly reports of the entire prison inmates to the Chief Justice of Nigeria and States Chief Judges.

The bill, which scaled its second reading, proposed two amendments in Section 3 and Section 2 of the 35-year-old Act.

In his lead debate, Senator Omoworare said the bill would address the nagging issue of prison decongestion in the country, where 70 per cent of inmates are said to be awaiting trial.

“We are all aware of the various efforts by past governments in the country to tackle this thorny issue to no avail.

“These measures, culminated in the inauguration of an intervention fund of N8.7 billion, under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Justice in 2006, which fetched no tangible result.’’

The senator explained that the proposed amendments would make “it mandatory for the Comptroller General of Prisons, to timely send monthly returns of the entire inmates of the prisons to the CJN and the Chief Judge of the relevant state.

“The Chief Judge shall on the basis of that return, order the release of inmates, who fall into the category covered by the Act,’’ he said.

The proposed law is to ensure that the Chief Justice shall on the basis of that report, order the release of inmates who are detained unlawfully or detained longer than the maximum period of imprisonment.