Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, said he is unaware of any threat to override President Buhari’s decision on the electoral bill.
President Buhari declined to sign the electoral bill because the bill included direct primaries for political parties. Among other things, he claimed that it violated the spirit of democracy.
In remarks to state house correspondents, Gbajabiamila, who visited President Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja on Friday night, expressed concern over reports that senators were collecting signatures to override Buhari’s decision.
The speaker, who said he was unaware of the move, said the refusal of the President to assent to the electoral bill will be the first item on the agenda when lawmakers return in January 2022.
“I’m not aware of any such threats to override the president’s decision; at least not in my chambers. We’re on a break right now. So, the collection of signatures is not something that is done when everybody’s scattered.
“I made it abundantly clear at our last sitting that we will look at the president’s veto and his reasons when we come back on. It’s not something we’re going to do on a knee jerk.
“When we come back from our recess — there’s still ample time — we will decide one way or the other. We will do what is right for the Nigerian people.
“I made it very clear that we’re not going to throw away the baby with the bathwater. The electoral law is what a credible electoral process needs and laws are what are required at this time. Nigerians want it and Nigerians will get it.
“By the time we come back, at least as far as the house and I’m sure the senate as well is concerned, it will be the first thing on our agenda — the very week we come back from recess.”