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Delay assent to Electoral bill: Presidency asks Nigerians to hold their peace

President Mohammadu Buhari will do the right thing in accodiance with the provisions of the country law and within the lawful time concerning the Electoral Amendment Bill awaiting his assent, according to a statement by the presidency on Monday.

“Those playing cheap politics with it are, therefore, encouraged to hold their peace, knowing that the right thing will be done within the lawful time,” the statement signed by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina stated.

The statement noted that the bill is being subjected to a thoroughly scrutining considering its importance to the electoral fortunes of the country.

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Acccording to the presidency, the anxiety over the delay in the president signing the bill is unfounded since “the President has a window of 30 days within which to sign the Bill, or decline assent, after it had been transmitted to him by the National Assembly.”

The statement therefore berated those interest groups “cashing in on what they consider a delay in the signing of the Electoral Bill into law by the President to foment civil disorder and muddy the waters.”

“It is on record that the amended Bill was sent to the Presidency on January 31, 2022, which means that the Executive could do due diligence on it till March 1, as prescribed by the Constitution,” the statement noted.

“Those playing cheap politics with it are, therefore, encouraged to hold their peace, knowing that the right thing will be done within the lawful time,” Presidential spokesman said.

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