Senators Divided Over Adoption Of Change In Election Sequence

At least 10 senators on Wednesday staged a walk-out in protest against the adoption of a report by a National Assembly Committee on the Amendment to the Electoral Act.

It was learned that the lawmakers alleged the amendment was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

The report states the sequence for the general election.

The presidential and National Assembly elections have always been conducted first on the same day, followed by that of the governorship and State Houses of Assembly.

However, the Senate adopted a new sequence which allows the National Assembly elections to be held first, followed by the state lawmakers, and the governors while the presidential election should take place last.

Senator Suleiman Nazif (APC/Bauchi North) made the submission while Senator Jeremiah Useni (Plateau South) seconded that the house receives and considers the report.

It was consequently adopted by the Senate.

But three lawmakers later rose against the amendment of section 25(c) of the Electoral Act.

Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West) said the amendment was partisan and pre-determined by members of a political party threatened by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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