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2019: Senate in rowdy session, endorses sequence of elections

The Senate  on Wednesday  adopted the conference committee report on the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, which recommended that the presidential election will be the last to be conducted in 2019.
This comes as controversy has trailed the adoption of the report as 10 All Progressives Congress (APC) senators staged a walk out after the adoption of the report.
Led by Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa State), they accused the Senate President Bukola Saraki of partiality, high-handedness, describing the report as pre-determined, self-serving and targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.
To them, the sequence of election is illegal and an attempt by lawmakers to usurp the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
They also faulted the refusal of Saraki to allow for clause-by-clause consideration of the bill in line with parliamentary procedure.
The 10 APC senators include: Abdullahi Adamu, Umar Kurfi, Ovie Omo-Agege, Benjamin Uwajumogu, Binta Masi Garba, Andrew Uchendu, Yahaya Abdullahi, Ali Wakili, Abdullahi Gumel and Abu Ibrahim.
In January, the electoral body had fixed the Presidential and National Assembly elections for  February 16, 2019  and governorship and House of Assembly poll for  March 2, 2019  respectively.
However, the House of Representatives approved the reordering of sequence of elections by inserting a controversial clause in the 2010 Electoral Act – Section 25.
In the proposal, lawmakers amended the 2010 Electoral Act by approving that the conduct of National Assembly election will hold first, followed by Governorship and House of Assembly, while the presidential election will be conducted last.
Omo-Agege disclosed that 59 senators are opposed to the inclusion of the insertion.
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