President Muhammadu Buhari has again withheld his assent to the Electoral Act Bill (Amendment) 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.
The withholding of his assent to the bill has made it the fourth time the President has returned it to the National Assembly.
Briefing State House correspondents on Friday, the 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 he said that the President has signed the National Open University bill into law.
He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari has taken decision on Electoral Act bill Amendment 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.“
Again, 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 centers to be called study centers and given conditions for the establishment of such study centers.”