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BREAKING: 81 Senators Ready To Veto Electoral Bill

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81 senators on tuesday decided to veto the electoral bill against President Muhammedu Buhari.

The Senate dissolved into a closed session at 1:57 pm on Tuesday to discuss the reasons given by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for declining assent to the 2010 Electoral Act (amendments) Bill 2021.

The president, in a letter to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, cited insecurity and the cost of conducting direct primaries in political parties, as his reasons for rejecting the bill.

The letter was read out by Mr Lawan at the start of plenary on Tuesday.

In the bill, passed by the National Assembly in October, the lawmakers passed that political parties should adopt direct mode of primaries in choosing candidates for elective offices.

This provision had stirred rift between the lawmakers and governors – who disagreed with the idea of direct primaries.

The lawmakers were about to consider and pass the 2022 budget when Mr Sekibo asked that the Senate goes into an executive session to discuss the president’s veto.

“I want to call this Senate to go into a closed-door session to discuss the president’s letter today, “he said.

The lawmaker said it is important that they discuss the issue and decide the next line of action before embarking on Christmas break.