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40 Presidential candidates sue Buhari over Electoral Act bill

By Newsdesk

 

As 2019 presidential election draws near, no fewer than 40 Presidential candidates have sued President Muhammadu Buhari over signing of recently passed Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law.

 

In their suit, the candidates were seeking to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from signing the bill passed by the National Assembly, claiming signing the bill into law would truncate the nation’s democracy.

 

Their court action came days after opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar and Convener, Nigeria Intervention Movement, Olisa Agbakoba challenged Buhari to sign the bill, urging him to dispel all warnings against it.

 

But the candidates kicked against it and filed their suit before Federal High Court, towing the line of Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan, who warned the President against signing the bill, raising concerns over the content of the bill passed by the lawmakers for election in the country.

 

According to the candidates under the aegis of Presidential hopefuls, hinted that they have discovered what they term deliberate hurdles capable of derailing the elections inserted in the Electoral Act amendment.

 

In their estimation, two sections of the amendment were a cause for worry as enumerated by their counsel, saying, the time is too short to take the country through electronic transmission of results.

 

Earlier, a group of political parties had threatened to pull out of the 2019 general election if the President failed to assent to the bill.

 

But these politicians said the pressure on Buhari to append his signature to the Electoral Act was orchestrated by the opposition.

 

Legislative Aide to the President, Ita Enang, had assured Nigerians that the Bill was receiving the President’s due attention.

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