Electoral Bill Discriminatory, Supportive Of Insecurity – Malami

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Electoral Bill Discriminatory, Supportive Of Insecurity – Malami
Electoral Bill Discriminatory, Supportive Of Insecurity – Malami

The new electoral bill, according to Malam Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, is supportive of insecurity and discrimination for President Muhammadu Buhari to sign into law.

The minister, who stated his opinion in a phone-in show on Radio Kano, which was broadcast in Abuja, also stated that the electoral bill would not be signed by the president because of its high financial implications.

According to him, the new election bill has not piqued the attention of all Nigerians, and that the president’s signing it into law will exacerbate the current turmoil.

He said: “What you should understand about the leadership of the country most especially as it regards President Muhammadu Buhari on any law presented to him for signing, the president is entitled to certain rights.

”When you talk about politics he has rights, if you talk about the economy the business community also have rights on him, if you are talking about 60 per cent of Nigerians that are not politicians if you talk about the economy he also has rights.

”If you are talking about security, there is also what is expected from him. The president has to consider laws that are sustainable.

“The job of the president is that of politics, economy, business, security, legislation, politicians and non-politicians.

”This is because the leadership of the country is not for the politicians alone, it is a leadership that affects the social life of the people, their religion, economy, security and others.

”This is contrary to the leadership of the legislators which is solely political.”

According to the minister, legislators are solely concerned with their political preferences, but the president is concerned with the lives of all Nigerians, politicians and non-politicians alike.

Any measure signed into law by the president, he added, must be in the best interests of all Nigerians, regardless of their political leanings.

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”He is after satisfying the interest of the over 200 million Nigerians he is serving and not a particular sector,” he added.

On the financial burden in the new electoral bill rejected by the president, Malami said: ”Today INEC requires N305 billion for the 2022 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 road 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 election to produce a party candidate, despite other demands by the public?

“My answer to this is that, to spend this N305 billion that will be given to the INEC and the about N200 billion to be given to the political parties is not fair to the remaining 160 million Nigerians who have no business about politics and political appointments.

”Their business is just a better life in Nigeria. This is the issue of cost implications.”

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