The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari was ill-advised by the enemies of democracy to withhold assent to the recently amended Electoral Act by the National Assembly.
It charged the National Assembly to invoke its veto powers and sign the amended bill into law in the interest of Nigeria.
In a reaction to Buhari’s rejection of the amendments to the Electoral Act, the CNPP, in a statement by its Secretary-General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, noted that no sacrifice was too much to save the country and its democracy from nosediving into a one-party state.
Ezugwu said that, “those advising the President on the reordered election sequence must have deceived him that the amendment was targeted at his re-election bid.
He remarked: “In any case, is Nigeria not greater than any one man’s ambition? The President should focus on conducting a free and fair election like the previous government, which conducted the election that brought him into office.
“The truth of the matter is that a President that has done well will be re=elected irrespective of the date the presidential election was conducted.
“Therefore, the unannounced fear of the Presidency that the amendment will adversely affect President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election is unfounded as the withholding of the President’s assent is not in his interest. The action has strongly portraying Mr. President as one who is not concerned about deepening democracy and has no interest in the credibility of elections after his tenure.
“We therefore urge the representatives of the people in the National Assembly to immediately invoke their constitutional powers and veto the President’s non-assent to move the country forward on the path of true democracy,” the CNPP said.