Senate, House of Reps consult to decide on Buhariís veto

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Senate, House of Reps consult to decide on Buhariís veto

- Bukola Saraki and the speaker, Yakubu Dogara read Buhariís letter to the Senate and the House of Representatives respectively

- The presidentís letter is discussed by the upper chamber but the lawmakers are yet to reach a conclusion on the issue

- The PDP reacts to President Buhari's rejection of proposed amendments to Nigeriaís electoral act

The Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives are consulting on whether to override President Muhammadu Buhari's veto to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, which seeks to re-order the sequence of polls in 2019.

The president in a March 8, 2018, letter written to both chambers of the National Assembly said the amendments by the lawmakers were in conflict with existing laws.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, have both read the letters to the Senate and the House of Representatives respectively.

After receiving the letter, members of the House and senators began consulting on the next line of action, The Punch reports.

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Lawmakers had hinted before now that they would override the presidentís veto.

"The President has played his own part,Ē a member of the House of Representatives who spoke on condition of anonymity said

ďHe kept to the constitutional provision of within 30 days by writing to the National Assembly.

ďOn our part, we have to consult. This is not the type of issue you rush to take decisions.

ďThe consultations will cut across party and zonal caucuses for members to take a position on the next line of action.Ē

Another source said Buhariís letter was discussed by the Senate at a 25-minute closed-door session but that the lawmakers did not reach a conclusion.

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The source, who is in the PDP caucus, said the 43 members of the PDP are supporting the move to override Buhari, in addition to the over 20 APC senators backing the move.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for withholding his assent to a proposed legislation by the national assembly to change the sequence of 2019 general elections in the country.

Premium Times reports that the party in a statement on Tuesday, March 13, signed by Kola Ologbodiyan, its national publicity secretary, said it believes in the power of the legislature to make necessary amendments to strengthen democracy. gathered that Buhari rejected the proposed amendments to Nigeriaís electoral act in a letter addressed to the speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and to the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The president stated among other reasons that the amendments infringe on the rights of INEC.

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