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Electoral Act Amendment Bill: President Buhari has been advised, but signing the bill remains his prerogative —Malami

The Nigeria Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, has said it is the exclusive right of the President to either sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill or not, as the constitutional timeline expires on today Sunday, December 19.

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Malami who spoke on the situations that has trailed the bill since it was transmitted to the President by the National Assembly three weeks ago, said his office had officially written its legal opinion to the President, however the final decision is to make by President Buhari today.

AGF made this known yesterday through his Special Adviser on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, the Minister said though it was premature of him to comment on a process involving official communication between the office of the President and the office of the Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice without allowing the conclusion of the administration cycle, the general public would be adequately and timely informed by the Office of the President on the decision.

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Constitutionally President Buhari has till Sunday to either sign the Bill or not, and in the event he refuses, the National Assembly can decide to exercise its veto power to transmute the Bill into law.

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