Based on 'constitutional issues'

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the amendment to the Electoral Act, which intended to change the country's elections sequence.

The president, it was gathered, gave three reasons for withholding assent to the bill, which was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly.

The president had yesterday communicated his decision to the federal legislature in two separate letters addressed to the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Following the passage of the bill by the National Assembly, several civil society organizations (CSOs), senior lawyers and other notable Nigerians kicked against it, calling on the president not to assent to it.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki has now read the letter of President Muhammadu Buhari rejecting the amendment made to the electoral act. The letter dated March 3, 2018 was read after a closed session that lasted for about 30 minutes.   The session started by 11.07am and ended by 11.36am. At end of the session, the senators were seen discussing the issue in groups. The president in the letter said he rejected the amendment to the electoral act based on three constitutional issues.    He said he rejected the bill based on section 58(4) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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