OrderPaperToday – Contrary to the threats by some aggrieved senators to override President Muhammadu Buhari for withholding his assent on the electoral act amendment bill, the Senate has stepped down action on the matter till January next year.
The Senate after emerging from a 40 minutes closed session, resolved to consult with the House of Representatives and constituents on how to respond to Buhari’s decision to decline assent to the bill.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, in briefing on what transpired at the closed door said “the Senate discussed the way forward on how to respond to the letter from Mr. President on the Electoral Act (Amendment) bill.
“The Senate consequently resolved to consult with the House of Representatives in January when the two chambers will be in full session.”
The House of Representatives suspended plenary on Tuesday after passing the 2022 budget and resolved to reopen discussions on the contentious bill when it resumed in January next year.
The lawmakers, according to Lawan, also resolved to consult with their constituents on the way forward, saying they have a role in lawmaking.
It would be recalled that some senators started off on a move to override the President when the Senate President read Buhari’s letter where he declined assent to the bill.
Sen. Abba Moro (PDP, Benue) specifically hinted that the senate is determined to override the President on the bill.
The senators who claimed to have gotten required numbers vowed to override Buhari’s veto when the upper chamber reconvened today (Wednesday).