PDP caucus lawmakers’ vows to veto President Buhari on Electoral Act. ... Says Nigeria seized by hostage-takers, bandits, terrorists
By Gboyega Onadiran
Members of the People’s Democratic Party Caucus in the House of Representatives have expressed its readiness to veto President Muhammadu Buhari on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill whenever the National Assembly deems it fit table the issue for discussion"
A statement signed by the leader of the Caucus, Kingsley Chinda (PDP Rivers State), in a statement said as an opposition Caucus will ensure that its members exercise their power under Section 58(5) of the Constitution to veto the President on the Electoral Reform Bill.
Chinda, faulted the reasons given by President Muhammadu Buhari on withholding assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly.
The Caucus alleged that the untold reason of declining assent by Mr. President was to avoid the electronic transmission of results which will improve the credibility of the electoral system."
The lawmaker said “This refusal, though contemplated, has left Nigerians confounded by a President who continues to show utter disdain for the Constitution and the reform of the institutions of the state.
Under him, our institutions of state have regressed, to the point that the gains of previous institutions reforms, embarked by Our Great Party while in power, have been either lost to his inaction or to his deliberate ploy to leave our country worse than he met it. On this point alone, we are not convinced that he is interested in the reform of the Electoral Process." He added
Chinda explained further" a ruling party that cannot conduct its national convention lacks the capacity to implement some of the innovative and people-empowering provisions of the Bill, like the Direct Party Primaries and electronic transmission of results from the units.
On insecurity, the PDP Caucus decried that the country has been seized by bandits and terrorists - who extract ransom on poor and impoverished citizens and have turned villages, towns, and cities into killing fields.
The statement noted that the bloodletting unleashed by the hostage-takers has gone unabatedly with the President allegedly showing incapacity to arrest the situation or bring the killer squads to book.
The lawmaker said "Everywhere we turn, today, our dead are either being prepared for burials by families whose hearts are torn up by grief, or they are being mourned by families who can't tell where the corpses of their loved ones are or where the killer squads will turn up next.
"The communities of Sabon Birni of Sokoto State, Kagara of Niger State, Karim Lamido of Taraba State, Katoge and Yanturaku of Katsina State, and of the North East, North West, South-South and South-East are witnesses to the reigns of terror."
The caucus added it is saddened that unfortunately, the President who famously boasted of leading from the front is now missing in action.