The Presidency has dismissed speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the amended Electoral Act 2022.
President Buhari who returned to Nigeria after a condolence visit to the United Arab Emirates, was reported to have signed the amended Electoral Act.
Chronicle NG reports that the amended Electoral Act would enable political parties submit a list of statutory delegates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the party primaries.
The statutory delegates list will give the President, Vice President, Governors, National Assembly members, local government chairmen, among others the power to vote as delegates at the party primaries.
Reacting to the news that President Buhari had signed the amended Electoral Act, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the reports by some reputable newspaper as “it is news to me too”.
Similarly, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, House of Representatives, Umar El-Yakub, dismissed the information, stressing that the viral news could not be true, citing reasons for his conclusion.
According to El-Yakub, referring to the President on the bill, said “he couldn’t have signed it yesterday because he was out of the country and he couldn’t have signed already because he’s just entering the country.
“I also cannot tell you that he will still sign it or will not sign it. He’s the President. But if it will be signed later, we will all know”, he said.