Senate President Bukola Saraki has advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to heed the advice of “anti-democratic elements who have now populated the political space and putting pressure on him not to give assent to the 2018 Electoral Bill.”
Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, yesterday, urged the president to rise above petty politics and act without further delay in the best interest of the country and its democracy by signing the bill into law.
The number three citizen noted that he had been inundated with telephone calls and discussions by members of the National Assembly who expressed concern about the delay in the signing of the bill into law, as the one month period provided by the law for the president to sign a bill presented to him by the National Assembly expires in the next few days.
He added that many of the legislators who contacted him were particularly disturbed that certain individuals who are supposed to be chairmen of political parties had approached the Federal High Court to stop the president from assenting to the bill.
The jaded tactic employed in the 90s to scuttle the return to democracy when groups like the Association for Better Nigeria (ABN) went to court to frustrate the announcement of the results of the June 12, 1993 elections, he noted, is now being adopted by some masked groups and individuals to stop the signing into law of the Electoral Bill.
He urged Buhari to dissociate himself from these ugly antics and sign the bill, which he said has comprehensively addressed issues that usually clog the process of free, fair, credible and peaceful elections.