Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa West) expressed his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for refusing to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law on Wednesday.
The National Assembly, Adamu told the News Agency of Nigeria in Keffi, had no business passing a bill governing how political parties nominate their candidates.
“It is strange and unfair to come up with a law regulating how parties conduct their elections.
“I support the President for not signing the Bill and I minced no words on the floor of the Senate.
“We should appreciate that Buhari’s refusal to assent the bill means so much. He is a very articulate person; a very deep person in thought and planning,’’ he said.
Adamu, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, said he agreed with the reasons given by the President for not signing the bill.
“Some people felt a bit down with the fact that it is difficult to get two-third of members to return to the chambers.
“It is a cause for concern. I am very concerned about it but the remedy is not for us to make laws to promote our personal interests.
“The parties have their guidelines and conditions by which people accept to be members.’’
According to him, you cannot be a member of a party and then seek to change the rules of the game once you are there. It’s not right, and it’s not even close to being fair.
He did say, though, that Lawmakers will vote on the Bill when they returned in January 2022.