Following the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to decline assent to the 2021 Amended Electoral Bill, 81 out of 109 Senators on Tuesday indicated interest to veto the President.

ABN TV had brought you a report that the Senate dissolved into a closed session at 1:57 pm on Tuesday to discuss the reasons given by the President for declining his assent the 2010 Electoral Act (amendments) Bill 2021.

After Rejection Of Assent To 2021 Electoral Bill, 81 Senators Decide To Override Buhari (VIDEO)

The president, in a letter to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, cited insecurity and the cost of conducting direct primaries in political parties, as his reasons for rejecting the bill.

The letter was read out by Mr Lawan at the start of plenary on Tuesday.

In the bill, passed by the National Assembly in October, the lawmakers passed that political parties should adopt direct mode of primaries in choosing candidates for elective offices.


This provision had stirred rift between the lawmakers and governors – who disagreed with the idea of direct primaries.

The lawmakers were about to consider and pass the 2022 budget when Mr Sekibo asked that the Senate goes into an executive session to discuss the president’s veto.

I want to call this Senate to go into a closed-door session to discuss the president’s letter today, “he said.

The lawmaker said it is important that they discuss the issue and decide the next line of action before embarking on Christmas break.

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