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Electoral bill: Senate backtrack threats to override Buhari

By John Akubo, Abuja
22 December 2021   |   12:40 pm
After all the grandstanding by some senators on Tuesday when they threatened fire and brimstone on their determination to override President Muhammadu Buhari, they finally chickened out on Wednesday at plenary. It would be recalled that Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, Abba Moro had given the assurance that the majority of senators including himself…

After all the grandstanding by some senators on Tuesday when they threatened fire and brimstone on their determination to override President Muhammadu Buhari, they finally chickened out on Wednesday at plenary.

It would be recalled that Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, Abba Moro had given the assurance that the majority of senators including himself are prepared this time around to override the President.

Also, Senator George Sekibo (PDP River East) disclosed that about 73 signatures of aggrieved lawmakers have been collated adding that there is no going back on the decision to override Buhari.

However, after their close session, they eventually tried to save their faces by declaring that the Senate consequently resolved to consult with the house of representatives in January when the Senate and the house will be in session.
Lawan said they discussed the way forward.

“We deliberated on matters relevant to the workings of the Senate in particular and the National Assembly in general. The Senate also resolved in the close session discussed how to respond to the letter of Mr president on the electoral bill amendment,” Senate president Ahmad Lawan said.

“The Senate consequently resolved to consult with the house of representatives in January when the Senate and the house will be in session.

“Presently, the house of representatives has gone on recess and the constitutional provision is for the Senate and the house of representatives to jointly take the appropriate action

“The Senate also resolved to consult with our constituents during our recess in January.

“The Senate believes that our constituents have a role to play as the major stakeholders in the laws that we make in the National Assembly”