Rep Berates FG Over Electoral Amendment Act

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Refusal by President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the amended Electoral Act of 2018 has drawn the ire of House of Representatives member for Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency, Awaji-Inombek Abiante.
Hon Abiante in a chat with the Tide said the failure for the umpteenth time by President Buhari to assent the amended law indicates that the presidency has a plan to upturn the wishes of Nigerians in 2019.
The representative averred that what the House has done reflects the wishes of Nigerians, especially as regards the conduct and sequence of elections next year.
In the words of Abiante, “amendment of the Electoral Act should be a continuous process, and until we have a hear perfect recruitment of leaders, we will continue to have one amendments”.
He argued that the refusal of the president to endorse what the National Assembly has approved breeds suspicion, as the bill has been amended twice until the last one which was turned down by the Executive.
Commenting on other political issues, especially as regards the Rivers State Port Harcourt Constituency III bye-elections, the federal lawmaker frowned at the role security agencies during the exercise.
He said, “when it come to elections in Rivers State, you will see security agencies playing the role of INEC. I have studied all the bye-elections in the North and other parts of the country, one was violent except the one in Rivers State”.
He urged security agencies to always play neutral in order not to be implicated in the truncation of the country’s democratic process.
Abiante assured that he will always speak and represent his constituency as a way of highlighting the sufferings of the people, stressing that one way to address the long marginalization of the constituents was to site developmental projects in the area.