A former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Buba Galadima, has condemned the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to once again withhold assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
In an interview on ChannelsTV, Galadima criticised the President for his refusal of the bill, saying it was an act of desperation.
“This government is a government that is desperate; that wants to be in power by all means. There is nothing under the sun that they cannot do,” he said.
“The President doesn’t have that prerogative. It is not personal, it is a constitutional issue.
“It is a Nigerian issue and any patriotic Nigerian would assent to something that will bring benefit to Nigerians, will bring about credible election, free and fair election, level-playing field.”
Galadima who is also one of the spokespersons for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign said he was not surprised that President Buhari rejected the bill.
He accused the APC of a plot to rig the general elections in 2019, alleging that the rejection of the bill was part of plans by the ruling party.
“I know as of fact and I have said so several times over for the last one year that Buhari will never sigh the Electoral Act (Amendment Bill).
“This is why they are not campaigning, this is why they are not mobilising people, this is why they are not looking for people’s vote because as I envisaged, they want to cut corners and write figures and announce to the Nigerian public during elections,” he alleged.
Saying the president has no integrity,Galadima, called on Nigerians and relevant stakeholders, as well as the international community to ramp up the pressure for the Electoral Act Amendment Bill to be signed into law.