President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the amendment to the Electoral Act seeking to alter the country’s elections sequence beginning next year’s general elections.
Buhari reportedly gave three reasons for withholding assent to the bill which was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly last month.
Daily Trust reports that the president on Monday communicated his decision to the federal legislature in two separate letters addressed to the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara.
It is expected that both presiding officers are to read the letters to their colleagues at plenary between today and Thursday.
The president’s refusal comes after the furore generated by the passage of the controversial amendment by the National Assembly with several civil society organisations, notable politicians, senior lawyers and rights groups slamming the move as self-serving and unnecessary.