The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Friday urged the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to urgently reconvene the National Assembly. APC anchored its call on the need for the Senate to pass the Electoral Amendment Act Bill.
In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Yekini Nabena, APC said the Electoral Amendment Bill was alive and waiting for assent. He also alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was hiding under the “yet to be signed bill” to draw attention from the actions of the Senate President, who has refused to reconvene the National Assembly. The statement reads, “The Electoral Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly is alive and awaiting assent. However, assent to Bills in all democratic governments reflects the prudence and discretion of the president in balancing the powers of key constitutional bodies and understanding the concerns of the executive.
“While we strongly condemn the abuse of office by the Senate President backed by his PDP cohorts in sabotaging the executive, specifically INEC, all well-meaning Nigerians have a duty to speak up and ensure that the National Assembly performs its constitutional role and not serve an individual’s personal interest and sinister ends of the opposition PDP.
“We call on all Nigerians, civil society and indeed the international community to resist the ongoing travesty and legislative rascality being perpetuated by the Senate President and the PDP. “The sanctity of our electoral system is being threatened by this orchestrated sabotage and deliberate attempt to weaken INEC as we prepare for General Elections in 2019. The National Assembly must be convened immediately.”