Buhari Set To Sign Electoral Bill, Says Femi Adesina.
Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, has claimed that the Electoral Bill might be signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in a matter of hours.
He revealed this during an interview with Channels Television‘s Sunrise Daily program on Tuesday.
“He (Buhari) will sign it (the bill) any moment from now,” he said.
“It could be today, it could be tomorrow, it could be anytime, but within the 30 days.
“It could be signed today; it could be signed tomorrow. In a matter of hours, not days. Hours could be 24 hours, it could be 48 hours; not days, not weeks.”
On Monday, Adesina warned against cheap politics in response to the President’s alleged delay in signing the Electoral Bill.
In a statement headed “Assent To Electoral Bill: No Need For Saber Ratling,” Adesina said that some interest groups are exploiting the perceived delay to incite public unrest.
This is because he stated that the President still has time to give his approval to the Bill, which he stated must be properly scrutinized and made as close to faultless as possible.
Adesina said, “Some interest groups are cashing in on what they consider a delay in the signing of the Electoral Bill into law by the President to foment civil disorder and muddy the waters.
“One can just pity their ignorance of Constitutional requirements, as the President has a window of 30 days within which to sign the Bill, or decline assent after it had been transmitted to him by the National Assembly.
“It is on record that the amended Bill was sent to the Presidency on January 31, 2022, which means that the Executive could do due diligence on it till March 1, as prescribed by the Constitution.
“A proposed legislation that has to do with the electoral fortunes of the country needs to be thoroughly scrutinised, and be made as near-perfect as possible.
“Those playing cheap politics with it are, therefore, encouraged to hold their peace, knowing that the right thing will be done within the lawful time.”