- Signing Electoral Act Amendment Bill Into Law: Onuigbo Commends President Buhari
The member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North and South Federal Constituency of Abia State has commended the President of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for signing into law the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
It will be recalled that President Mohammadu Buhari had yesterday, February 25 signed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into Law.
According to Rep. Onuigbo, a credible and transparent electoral process is a major characteristic of democracy, hence the most credible and reliable way of enthroning leadership.
The federal legislator pointed out that PMB had, through that act, positioned himself as a defender of transparent democracy, adding, “and history will always remember him for this.”
In his message of commendation released in the morning of February 26,2022 at Umuahia, Onuigbo wrote:
“I commend the President of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for signing into law, yesterday February 25, 2022, the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. This singular action has positioned the President as a defender of transparent democracy and history will always remember him for this.
“Mr President proved that he champions the entrenchment of sustainable democratic ideals by signing this Bill into law, despite frantic and clandestine forces fighting to stop it. This is reminiscent of Mr President’s dogged commitment that saw him sign the Climate Change Bill which I sponsored into law, despite stiff opposition too. In both cases, President Buhari demonstrated an unwavering determination to place the interests of the country above every other thing. History will be kind to him.”
In a democracy, the most credible and reliable way of enthroning leadership is through a credible and transparent electoral process. Therefore there is need for a credible electoral legal framework. Aware of this, we, at the National Assembly had worked so hard to ensure that critical inclusions that will strengthen our electoral processes are enshrined in the Act. I am happy that today, our democracy has been strengthened by the signing of this Act.
Furthermore, the Lawmaker stated expressly that: ‘The National Assembly, led by the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan CON and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, deserves commendation for working tirelessly to address the areas of conflict that initially stalled the signing of the Bill right from the 8th Assembly. It was important that those areas were addressed without compromising the integrity and transparency of our electoral process.
I”n the same vein, I commend the Civil Society and Nigerians in general for championing the process and mounting the necessary pressure. This is a victory for democracy and also a victory for the country.”
Meanwhile, famousreporters.com recalls that the Lawmaker who is also a member of the House Committee on Electoral Matters, had on February 4, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to respond to the yearnings of Nigerians and assent to the revised Electoral Act Amendment Bill, an appeal which was subsequently assented to, after a period of three weeks.