The umbrella association of all political parties and associations in Nigeria, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign the recently amended Electoral Act into Law when it is transmitted to him by the National Assembly.
According to a statement signed by the Secretary General of the Association, Chief Willy Ezugwu, “it is not surprising that the leadership of the National Assembly is standing against the wish of Nigerians on a transparent electoral process. However, no political party will remain in power forever and it is a political folly for a lawmaker to make law to favour his or her party”.
The CNPP accused the National Assembly of being number one enemy of Nigeria’s democracy and, therefore, urged President Buhari to withhold his assent to the amended Electoral Act, as a proof that he is not involved in the complicity to undermine the nation’s electoral process.
Chief Willy Ezugwu disclosed that Nigerians had hoped that the National Assembly, especially the Senate, would vote for an improvement in the country’s electoral process to boost freer and more credible processes for good governance and the rule of law.
He said it is laughable and unimaginable that a Nigerian lawmaker would vote for a statutory function of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be approved by a federal government agency, the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC).
The CNPP noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had effectively tested the electronic transmission of election results at both Edo and Ondo States governorship elections. It, therefore, threatened to seek legal redress in the courts, if the President decides to sign the amended electoral act into law.
The Association reiterated that the electoral act amendment would not be allowed to stand and urged President Buhari not to legalize what it described as “unconstitutional amendment”.