Sen. Sadiq Umar explains why the Senate did not override Buhari’s veto of the electoral bill

Senator Sadiq Umar

Senator Sadiq Umar, representing Kwara north, has explained why the senate failed to override President Buhari’s refusal to grant assent to the electoral bill.

Umar told journalists in Ilorin on Friday, December 24, that they don’t believe all the reasons the President gave regarding the refusal to grant assent to the bill.

He added that even if they overruled the President on the bill, it will be declared null and void because there has to be concurrence between the two chambers.

The senator said;

“What happened was that after the national assembly passed the electoral amendment act, the president wrote back to us giving reasons why he could not assent to it.

“We believe some of the reasons, some we don’t. For the senate, we were ready to override the president at that time.

“For us, we were prepared to do what we wanted to do but given our rules and constitutional provision, even if we eventually overruled the president in the senate, it would have been null and void, because there has to be concurrence by the two chambers.

“So, the senators also bought into the decision of the green chamber to consult with our people so that when we resume, we will do what the people want us to do or what we think is best for Nigeria.”

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