Electoral amendment: Bribe scandal allegedly rocks National Assembly

Electoral amendment: Bribe scandal allegedly rocks National Assembly

- Some lawmakers supporting the executive are allegedly plotting to bribe their colleagues to support President Buhari's veto of the election reorder

- There are allegations that senators willing to support presidency will recieve $50,000 each while the House of Representaives members will recieve $30,000 each

The plan by lawmakers to override President Muhammadu Buhari's veto on Electoral Amendment Bill may have hit the rock as some lawmakers alleged that supporters of the presidency are plotting to bribe National Assembly members.

The Nation reports that the allegation is that pro- executive senators might receive $50,000 each. House of Representatives members sympathetic to the president will each receive $30,000 to “kill the amendment”, which was initiated by the lawmakers.

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This could however not be independently confirmed. Pro- Buhari senators described the allegation as “hogwash”, saying if there was any such move, those pushing that the National Assembly should override the veto were plotting to induce “those in their camp financially.”

“They are diverting attention from their plan," a pro-Buhari senator said at the weekend.

Lawmakers in support of the bill said the plot to bribe National Assembly members was perfected at “some high profile meetings in Abuja at the weekend. The meeting was also said to have resolved that “anti-executive lawmakers who have cases with anti-corruption agencies should be threatened with prosecution in days to come”.

Those said to have attended were some pro-Buhari governors from the northwest , the northcentral and the northeast. A “minister from southsouth” was also said to be present.

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Legit.ng had earlier reported that following the president's refusal to assent the electoral act amendment by lawmakers, the House of Representatives has said that it will not go back on the reordering of the election.

Honourable Abdulrasaq Namdas who is the chairman of the House committee on media and public affair said they had received President Buhari’s letter.

He noted that the law gave the parliament the power to decide on election and disagreed with President Buhari that this would affect the independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Source: Legit.ng

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