President Muhammadu Bugari has signed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law.

With limited time for the Grand Commander to respond to the proposed legislation, the decision was made sometime around noon on Friday, during a brief ceremony at Aso Villa’s Council Chamber in Abuja.

Present during the ceremony was Ahmed Lawan – the Senate President, and Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila; who also witnessed the bill signing.

Chief of Staff Professor Ibrahim Gambari and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, were also present to represent the President’s cabinet on the day.

Prior to the signing of the amendment, Buhari had received the bill on the 31st of January from the National Assembly, but had held back in approving the bill, despite clamours from stakeholders, political experts, civil society groups and others to pass it into law.

The signing was earlier scheduled to hold on Wednesday but was eventually moved to Friday; confirming earlier sources that claimed the President would honour the reschedule.

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki and former Speaker Yakubu Dogara previously tried to amend the electoral act during the 8th National Assembly but failed.

Moreso, the 9th National Assembly’s success was met with early disappointment when Buhari withheld his assent late last year; highlighting security challenges, direct primary elections conduction cost, possible manipulation of electoral orocessei by political players and a host of other factors as reasons for his stance.

With the President’s proffered solutions met, giving rise to two versions of an improved bill in the Senate and House of Representatives, the outlook for an approval eventually became viable.

Both law chambers eventually passed a harmonised version on the 25th of January. An amendment of Clause 84 to include direct, indirect and consensus primary modes.

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