Reps to Override Buhari on Peace Corps Bill, Nine Others

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Saraki however said the meeting did not address the controversies surrounding the President's refusal to assent to the electoral act amendment Bill 2018 passed by the National Assembly.

The House requires 240 members to make up its two-thirds, while the 109-member Senate requires 73 members to veto the president's assent.

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki applauded the progress made during the interaction, adding that broad issues on security, budget, were discussed.

President Buhari, at various times, either rejected the bills or did not communicate his decision to the House after the stipulated 30 days.

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The Accord Party, in a suit which has the National Assembly, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as respondents before the court, wants the court to determine whether INEC is not the only institution constitutionally vested with the powers to organise, undertake and supervise elections, including fixing the sequence of elections to various elective offices in the country.

Meanwhile, the PDP alleged yesterday that the APC has constituted a team of eight governors to stop the National Assembly from overriding the president's veto of the bill.

INEC had in its own sequence of elections, fixed February 16, 2019, for Presidential and National Assembly elections, and March 2, 2019 for governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections. Boss Mustapha, had told State House correspondents that Buhari had directed all ministers and parastatals to appear before the National Assembly to defend their budgets.

The legislature and the executive have been passing the buck on which arm of government is responsible for the delayed passage of the budget, which President Muhammadu Buhari laid before a joint session of the Assembly on November 7, 2017.

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The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, had said, "The budget process is on and I can not tell you this is the specific day it is going to end".

"We have also agreed with the reason advanced that the amendment of Section 152 of the Principal Act, which raises constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over local government elections".

Also speaking, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha said it was basically an in-house meeting aimed at cementing a cordial working relationship between the executive and the National Assembly.‎.

Apart from the Senate President and Speaker, others at the meeting are the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan; Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf; House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila; and Senator Sola Adeyeye. This, we have agreed with the President.

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