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Governors’ Forum Hails Senate Over Reamendment Of Electoral Bill

Reamendment of Electoral Bill – By Babajide Okeowo

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has hailed the Senate for re-amending the Electoral Act Amendment Bill giving room for direct, indirect, and consensus options for nominating candidates for the various political parties in the country.

They also called on the House of Representatives to toe the line of the Senate by including the consensus clause in the bill.

The governors made their position known during their meeting held on Wednesday night in Abuja.

They commended the Senate for amending clause 84 regarding the mode of candidate selection in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

The state governors also discussed issues as regards the nation’s security challenges, health, food security, among others.

Concerning fuel subsidy removal, they resolved to engage the organized labour on the best approach to avoid causing hardship to citizens.

The governors however hold the view that issues regarding fuel subsidy or prices of petroleum products are already provided for in the newly signed Petroleum Industry Act.

They asked that states should ramp up vaccination and other covid 19 management strategies, in view of the Omicron variant.

Governors at the meeting include the NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi; Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje; Nasarawa Governor Abdullahi Sule; Anambra Governor Willie Obiano; Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and Osun State Governor Gboyeba Oyetola.

Also at the meeting are Deputy Governors of Gombe; Yobe; Enugu; Bauchi; Lagos; Ondo; Benue; Katsina; Rivers; and Kogi.

Recall that both chambers of the National Assembly had earlier re-amended the bill which had been contentious.

The direct primary clause had earlier hindered the assent to the reamendment of electoral bill, as President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed that he will only sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill if the National Assembly makes the necessary adjustments.

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