Electoral Act Amendment: Saraki, Dogara Not In Disputes – Aides

SENATE President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara are not engaged in disputes over the amendment of the Electoral Act Bill, the aides of the duo have said.

A National daily reported that Saraki and Dogara disagreed on how the Senate and the House of Representatives would react to President Muhammadu Buhari’s action.

Mr. Buhari had rejected the bill citing infringement upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of INEC.

The paper reported that while Saraki wanted and canvassed for the override, Dogara allowed the House to resolve to revisit the bill.

But the Special Advisers (Media) to the leaders of the both chambers, Yusuph Olaniyonu and Turaki Hassan, dismissed the report in a statement they jointly signed.

“The Senate President and the Speaker, as heads of the two chambers of the National Assembly and representing the views of their colleagues, will want everybody to know that they are on the same page on what is the appropriate reaction to the President’s withholding of assent on the Electoral Amendment Bill

“There is no disagreement between the two chambers as well as their presiding officers. The leadership of the two chambers constantly hold discussions and are in agreement on what to do, how to do it, when to do it and why it must be done.

“The issue at stake is not personal. It is about deepening democracy. It is about improving our democracy and the National Assembly is on firm constitutional and legal grounds to amend the law as well as take decision in the manner they have been responding.

“We see that story and the insinuations contained in it as mere distraction and unnecessary misrepresentation aimed at the creating division in the federal legislature. The Senate President, Speaker and their colleagues urge members of the public to discountenance the report,” they said.