Buhari Again Returns 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill to NASS, Signs National Open University Bill into Law
President Muhammadu Buhari has for the fourth time declined assent to the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill and has returned it to the National Assembly.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang had in the previous rejection of the bill explained that it was due to errors discovered by the President.
According to Vanguard newspaper, briefing State House correspondents on Friday, Senator Enang said that the President in line with the constitution has communicated his decision and returned the bill to the National Assembly.
Enang, who was not categorical on whether the President rejected the bill, said that it’s the National Assembly that can reveal the content of the communication but that the President has signed the National Open University bill into law.
He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari has taken decision on Electoral Act Amendment bill 2018. In accordance with his power under the 1999 Constitution and has communicated that decision to the Senate and House of Representatives in accordance with the law”.
“President Buhari has also assented to National Open University Amendment Act, which allows the National Open University to operate as all other universities, having the same power and functions and the same administrative structures eliminating possible discrimination as some use to want to have on its products and programmes.”
“It has also allowed the establishment of some centres to be called study centres and given conditions for the establishment of such study centres.”
Asked to be categorical whether the Electoral Act Amendment Bill was assented to or rejected he said, “The president has taken a decision in 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 to. But the electoral bill has left Mr President because he has taken a decision and has remitted it back.”