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Override Buhari for refusing assent to electoral act - PDP tells National Assembly

Override Buhari for refusing assent to electoral act - PDP tells National Assembly

- PDP alleges President Muhammadu Buhari is refusing to sign the electoral act amendment bill out of personal interests

- The party says the amendment bill will eliminate openings for major malpractices in the voting system

- The SEC chairman of the APC’s Yobe state chapter claims the PDP is buying PVC’s at the cost of N5,000 in the state

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the National Assembly to override President Muhammadu Buhari for reportedly withholding his assent to the electoral act amendment bill.

The national publicity secretary, of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Thursday, August 16, alleged that the president’s withholding assent to the bill is similar to holding Nigeria to ransom, Daily Trust reports.

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The PDP therefore calls on the ‎National Assembly to override President Buhari since his refusal to sign the amendment bill is out of personal and partisan interests instead of the overall interest of the natio‎n," the party’s spokesperson said.

"The amendment bill, which is in the overall interest of the nation, embattles President Buhari because it eliminates openings for major malpractices including the use of underage and alien voters, vote-buying, alteration of results and manipulation of voter register, which the APC intends to use to rig the 2019 elections."

Meanwhile, the chairman, Yobe State Executive Committee (SEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Adamu Chilariye, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of illegally buying the permanent voter’s cards (PVC's) of unsuspecting members of the public.

He made the accusation on Thursday, August 16, at a press briefing in Damaturu, NAN reports. gathers that he stated that the state exco of the APC was notified of the development.

However, Chilariye advised the general public to be careful not to fall into the politicians’ trap. The chairman disassociated the SEC from some political aspirants in the APC who had begun to deceive members of the party, claiming that they had been endorsed by the committee.

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