Why President Buhari ‘ll not sign amended Electoral Bill- Wike

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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s body language shows he is not going to sign the amended Electoral Bill because the bill is dead on arrival.

Wike who disclosed this during an interview with African Independent Television, AIT on Thursday, said he is very confident President Buhari won’t sign the bill because APC stakeholders do not want the President to assent the bill as it will work against their interest.

Recall that the National Assembly transmitted the amended bill on November 18 2021.

“He will not sign it. I’m very sure. The signs are there. This Nigeria, sometimes I wonder why we belabor ourselves on certain things. Look at it very well. If you work with a system, you must understand that system — the pattern,” Wike said.

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“When that issue came out between the governors and the legislators, I just laughed and I told myself ‘why are you worried about this?’ The president will not sign it — it’s dead on arrival.

“They merely created that let there be a decision. They have now passed it on to INEC. When has INEC become Buhari that will say you can do this or you cannot do this — to choose which law is good or bad?

“What they are pushing is for INEC to come up and say ‘look, the cost implication will be this’. And then Buhari will now dwell on that and say ‘based on security implications or the cost of this, I will not do this’.

“Yes, the president has always said so many things; that he wants to leave a legacy for Nigeria. One of the legacies he wants to leave is to conduct a transparent election. In 2019, why did they not sign the electoral amendment that called for this electronic transmission? The same thing is going to happen. They have told him ‘your party will be affected; your party is gone’. I know the president will not sign.”