Bauchi Governor Says Delayed Accent to Electoral Act Favours Him
The Governor of Bauchi State and Presidential Aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bala Mohammed has noted President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to sign the amended Electoral Act 2022 is in his favour.
He stated this on Wednesday while fielding questions from State House Correspondents after leading a delegation to thank President Buhari for inaugurating an N23.5 billion World Bank Assisted Upgraded Bauchi Township Water Supply Scheme.
According to the presidential hopeful, the amendment of the electoral act did not commence in time. It might go against the guidelines stipulated by the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The Bauchi governor added that the case of less the merrier.
He said: “I think, the less, the merrier, as somebody in the race. Well, I have less delegates to go and woo. It is better for me than all these 4,000, 5,000 delegates. Anyway, that is my take.” The National Assembly had earlier amended Section 84 (8) of the act to allow statutory delegates to vote in political party primaries.
President Buhari has been under pressure to sign a revision to current Section 84 (8), which states that delegates voting at indirect primaries and national conventions of political parties to elect candidates for elections must be democratically chosen.
The non-assent means that statutory delegates, such as elected political office holders, political appointees, and political party executive officers will be unable to vote in primaries to nominate candidates for the general election in 2023.