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The Nigerian Senate has spoken on President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent to the National Assembly’s amendment of the Electoral Act.

Spokesman of Nigerian Senate, Senator Sabi Abdullahi said that members of the Senate were yet to deliberate on President Buhari’s letter rejecting the amendment to the Electoral Act.

He disclosed this on Tuesday after plenary where President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read the letters by Buhari rejecting amendment to the act.

He said: “If I’m speaking on behalf of the senate and the senate has not discussed an issue, is it fair for me to speak on that? “Yes the letter has been read and definitely this is not the first time letters coming from Mr. President would be read.

“It’s just the same normal communication from Mr. President and all communication from Mr. President will definitely go through the same legislative processes. Which means we have received it now, it’s for us to look at it.

“The Peace Corps came, the same thing. All of it is going to receive attention and senators and members of House of Reps as the case may be will begin to look at it because it’s a document coming to the National Assembly.

” Remember if we pass a bill for third reading, as long as the House of Reps has a similar thing and they’ve not concurred, we can’t start talking about the next stage.

“So, what we have here clearly is a letter coming back to us, it has been read, it’s going to be approved tomorrow in the votes and proceedings and when it is approved, subsequently if there is going to be any action we’ll tell you what the actions are going to be.”

President Buhari on Tuesday, turned down the bill in two separate letters addressed to the Senate president Bukola Saraki and speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara.


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