President Muhammadu Buhari has again withheld his assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018, his Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters ( Senate), Senator Ita Enang, has just disclosed.
Enang, spoke with State House correspondents but refused to state Buhari’s reasons, only admitting that the bill was returned to the National Assembly.
He said: “The president has taken a decision in a accordance with the powers vested in him according to the constitution.
“And by convention, that decision contained in the communication can only be revealed by the person to whom that decision is addressed.
“But the electoral bill has left Mr. President because he has taken a decision and has remitted it back.”
When further asked why the president returned the bill back to NASS, the presidential aide said: “The president has communicated his decision to the National Assembly and that is what it is now.’’
According to him, it is the National Assembly that can reveal the content of the communication.
However, if rejected, this will be the fourth time the bill is being returned to the National Assembly by the President.