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Why Buhari Won’t Sign The New Electoral Law

Why Buhari Won’t Sign The New Electoral Law

Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, recently explained why President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) will not sign the new electoral legislation, claiming that it does not represent the interests of all Nigerians.

On Sunday, he announced this during a phone-in program on Radio Kano in response to queries.

He claimed that the new election law has a high cost, is discriminatory, and promotes insecurity, and that signing it into law will simply create a new crisis that will result in legal challenges.

“What you need to comprehend about the country’s leadership, particularly as it relates to President Buhari, is that the President is entitled to certain privileges under any bill brought to him for signature.
Once it comes to politics, he has rights; when it comes to the economics, the business community has rights; when it comes to the economy, he has entitlement; when it comes to security, he has rights; and when it comes to 60 percent of Nigerians who are not politicians, he has rights. The President must think about laws that will last.

“The President’s work encompasses politics, the economy, business, security, legislation, politicians, and non-politicians.” This is because national leadership affects the people’s social lives, their religion, the commerce, and security, among other things. This is in stark contrast to the legislators’ strictly partisan leadership.

“As a result, MPs are primarily concerned with their political preferences, but the President is concerned with the lives of all Nigerians.”
He claimed that the new election law has a high cost, is discriminatory, and promotes insecurity, and that signing it into law will simply create a new crisis that will result in legal challenges.

“What you need to comprehend about the country’s leadership, particularly as it pertains to President Muhammadu Buhari, is that the President is entitled to certain privileges under any bill brought to him for signature.

“When you discuss politics, he has rights; when you talk about economic, the business community also has rights on him; when you talk about 60 percent of Nigerians who aren’t politicians, he has rights; when you talk about security, there is also what is required of him.” The President must think about laws that will last.

“The President’s role entails politics, economics, business, security, and law.”
As a result, parliamentarians are primarily concerned with their political preferences, but the President is concerned with the lives of all Nigerians, both politicians and non-politicians.

“Any bill signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari benefits all Nigerians, regardless of their political leanings. He is concerned with the interests of the almost 200 million Nigerians he serves, not with the interests of a single sector,” the Minister remarked.

He went on to discuss the financial burden contained in the new electoral statute that has yet to be signed by the president.

“For instance, one of the justifications is that there are 18 political parties, and a statute has been established to allow for direct primaries.” The distinction between this and the general election is minor because it allows all Nigerians to participate and express their views.
This means that you will repeat the general elections 18 times. Today INEC requires N305 billion for the 2023 general elections. Now if the general election, which is not the newly proposed electoral system, will cost this much, how much will it cost to do the same election in the APC? It might cost at least N200 billion because it will involve everyone.

“Although the good side of the law is that INEC is required to monitor it. Therefore, if it is assumed that every political party will spend N200 billion, how much will then be spent in conducting the same primary election in 18 political parties just to produce a qualified candidate?

“Let’s assume there are about 60 million politicians in the country, what about the remaining over 160 million Nigerians who have nothing to do with politics? Are you fair to them? All the people want are good projects, good roads from Abuja to Kano, portable drinking water, good education, school feeding programme and the rest of them. Are you fair to the 160 million Nigerians using their wealth just to conduct primary elections to produce a party candidate, despite other demands by the public?

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