OrderPaperToday – More drama followed the electoral act (amendment) bill today, as another member of the House of Representatives, Sunday Karimi (PDP, Kogi), dissociated himself from the proposed legislation slated for second reading.
Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos), recently dissociated himself from a similar bill sponsored by Edward Pwajok (APC, Plateau), where he was listed as a co-sponsor.
The bill, according to the day’s order paper, was sponsored by Aisha Dukku (APC, Gombe), Karimi and 6 others and was stepped down by the leave of the House.
However, Karimi raised a point of order claiming that the bill is alien to him.
The bill was re-introduced in an attempt to veto President Muhammadu Buhari who earlier rejected the version passed by both chambers weeks ago. The bill has been enmeshed in controversy following a clause which reordered the sequence of elections, placing the National Assembly polls before that of the President.
The re-listed bill is entitled: A Bill for an Act to Amend the Provisions of the Electoral Act, No. 6, 2010 to further Improve the Electoral Process, Restrict the Qualification for Elective Offices to Relevant Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
In his reaction to the bill, Karimi said that the bill is fake and fraudulent, claiming that he had no knowledge of it or its contents.
The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, ordered the Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Business, Oker Jev (APC, Benue), to look into the circumstances surrounding the concerns raised by Karimi.