Pass vote of confidence in Saraki
A coalition of civil society groups has raised alarm over what it described as plan by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to frustrate the successful conduct of 2019 general elections.The coalition said the President’s refusal to sign into law the recently-amended Electoral Act is a big threat to the success of next year’s general elections.
The groups’ spokesman, Charles Adeyeye, at a press briefing at the weekend, said the coalition is “apprehensive that there is a grand design by the incumbent administration of Buhari to halt peaceful elections, judging by its refusal to give the needed support to preparations by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other institutions that can guarantee a free and fair election come 2019.”
He, therefore, urged the President to shun the counsel of political jobbers and immediately sign into law the Electoral Act as amended “if indeed he wants to stamp his mark on the country’s history as a true patriot and democrat, failing which, the National Assembly is hereby called upon to override the President’s veto and proceed to pass the amended Electoral Act into law.
The coalition, which also passed a vote of confidence on the National Assembly under the leadership of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki for conducting its affairs as true democrat, and consistently upholding the sanctity of Nigeria’s democracy, said: “Saraki epitomises the rising of a new generation of democrats who can manage the affairs of government, and take Nigeria to the next level. The coalition appealed to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to unanimously elect Saraki as its candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
“The Senate President stands out as one candidate with requisite experience, capacity and determination to set Nigerians free from the bondage of bad leadership” that has been imposed on Nigeria since 2015.”