‘Don’t condemn Buhari for rejecting amendment to Electoral Act’ – Yoruba youths


Youths under the aegis of Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide (YCYW), has said President Muhammadu Buhari should not be condemned for withholding his assent on the amended Electoral Act passed by the National Assembly.

Oladotun Hassan, the President of the group, made the assertion in a statement in Lagos yesterday.

He, however, advised the executive to shun every tendency to interfere in the roles and functions of the electoral umpire, saying that it could be dangerous to the nation’s democracy.

Hassan said: “The three arms of government are independently separated, but expected to act as watch in the balancing and dispensation of their statutory roles and duties.

“Hence, it will be most absurd to condemn in abstract the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to withhold his assent on the electoral act’s amendment bill, aimed at exclusively altering the INEC’s timetable schedules.

“It is most unfortunate that from the inception of the 8th Assembly, the legislative arm has chronically find itself in a web of power tussle with the executive over issues that can easily be trashed out amicably.

“It is most dangerously unfair if the executive is allowed unfettered veto to turn down vital bills and resolutions passed by the National Assembly over matters of national importance and other ancillary resolutions.

“One cannot overlook the horse-trading going on in the fractured political space, which is further over-heated as a result of internal strife within the APC and attritions in other political parties’ conclaves.

“It is most unfortunate that these careless attitude by politicians has assumed uncontrollably crescendo height of reckless abandonment to delivery of dividends of democracy and unmitigated services to the masses.”

The group urged political gladiators to shun selfish interest in the face of the suffering masses, saying that the infighting between the executive and the legislature would further multiply people’s hardship.


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