Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to heed the advice of anti-democratic elements who are putting pressure on him not to present assent to the 2018 Electoral Bill.
Saraki in a remark in Ilorin on Wednesday signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, urged the President to rise above petty politics and act without further postpone in the best interest of the realm and its democracy by signing the Electoral Bill into law.
Saraki famous that he had been inundated with telephone calls and discussions by members of the National Assembly who expressed concern approximately the postpone in the signing into law of the Electoral Bill as the solitary month period if by the law for the President to signal a invoice presented to him by the National Assembly is approximately to run out in the next few days.
Saraki added that numerous of the legislators who contacted him were especially disturbed that sure individuals who are said to be chairmen of political parties had approached the Federal High Court to halt the President from assenting to the invoice.
He famous that the jaded tactic employed in the 90s to scuttle the return to democracy when groups be partial to the Association for Better Nigeria (ABN) went to court to frustrate the announcement of the results of the June 12, 1993 elections was very soon being adopted by some masked groups and individuals to halt the signing into law of the Electoral Bill.
Saraki urged President Buhari to dissociate himself from these homely antics and signal the invoice which he said has comprehensively addressed issues that generally,normally clog the technique of free, reasonable, credible and peaceable elections.
“It is the prerogative of the President to either signal a Bill into law or refuse it assent. He is free to apply this prerogative the mode he likes in this case. What I begin surprising is a situation where some public very soon need to adopt a false tactic of abusing the court technique to stall the matter. That will be unacceptable and I am certain our judiciary will rely on the lessons from the past and not consent itself to be used.
“We carry out not need the President to consent the setting of a poor precedent in which somebody will recede to court in future to halt the passage of an appropriation invoice or any fundamental law which will be engaging to the development of the realm.
“My situate remains that the President, his aides, the all realm and the international citizens are aware that every the concerns raised by the President on the past three occasions he withheld assent to the invoice hold been addressed by the legislature. We twisted backwards on each time to accommodate the wishes of the President. We started profession on this law since 2016 to prevent a situation where it would become share of the election controversies.
“Every honest commentator, observer and analyst knows that what we hold done with that invoice is to bring up the flat of transparency, credibility and acceptability of our electoral technique. We made certain that the law whether assented to and honestly applied by INEC and every those concerned will present us an election that will be better than what we had in 2015.
“The President should know that the survival of democracy, its development and the future of Nigeria are far more important than the ambition of any individual or party. I am using this opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to put a stop to this uncertainty in the political process by signing without delay the 2018 Electoral Bill so as to allow INEC and the concerned parties know how to prepare for a credible process”, Saraki stated.