Buhari’s assent to electoral bill has silenced sceptics – Fayemi


Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi has said the signing of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari would keep sceptics, who never believed that he would assent, silent.

He said the gesture of the President has exonerated him and his colleagues who had assured that the document would be signed.

Fayemi made these observations when he spoke to State House Correspondents, shortly after the President assented to the bill.

Commenting on the impact of the bill, he said, “Yes. I think it’s a huge relief that this piece of legislation has been finally signed 12 years after the last one. The last Electoral Act operating is a 2010 Act. And we must commend the National Assembly, particularly the committee on INEC both in the Senate and the House of Reps for doing such a yeoman’s job of putting this together, and ensuring that we have a law, that can accord with global standards, and with the yearnings of the ordinary Nigerians.

“There’s been a lot of hullabaloo about this over the last few weeks, even bordering on scepticism that it would not be signed. I’m glad that some of us have been proved right because we told the media that Mr President will sign this piece of legislation as soon as the section that he raised concerns about are removed from the legislation, and they’ve been removed, and he’s lived up to that belief that many of us have because he has always said to Nigerians anyway, that one legacy he would like to leave as he departs office is a credible and fair electoral system.

“This will go a long way in making that possible.”

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