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NASS members will regret reordering of 2019 election time-table - Bello declares

NASS members will regret reordering of 2019 election time-table - Bello declares

Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has said the alteration of elections time-table, which is expected to guide the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for 2019, by the National Assembly members will turn out.

Bello blasts NASS, says federal lawmakers will regret alteration to 2019 elections

- Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has berated members of NASS over 2019 election time-table

- NASS had approved the alteration to the 2019 general elections

- Bello said that the federal lawmakers would regret the action

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Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has said the alteration of elections time-table, which is expected to guide the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for 2019, by the National Assembly members will turn out to work against the lawmakers who championed the course.

The Independent reports that the House of Representatives committee on electoral act (amendment) bill had in its amendments to the 2010 Electoral Act included section 25(1) into the act by reordering the sequence of the elections to start from that of the National Assembly, followed by governorship and state assembly election before the Presidential election, against the time table rolled out by INEC.

We gathered that the Senate had also adopted a re-ordered sequence of elections by the National Assembly conference committee on Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill which places the presidential as the last of the elections to be conducted in the country.

With this adoption of the amendment by the Senate, the National Assembly election is to hold first, followed by gubernatorial and state assembly polls.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on March 9, 2017 announced the dates for the 2019 general elections, scheduling the Presidential and National Assembly elections first to hold February 16th, 2019 while the governorship and State Assembly elections will hold two weeks later on March 2, 2019.

INEC had stated its resolve to obey any amendment to the Electoral Act or time table as long as it was timely and legitimate.

But while reacting to these developments, Bello told State House correspondents after observing Friday’s Ju’mat prayer at the Presidential Villa,that the Buhari tsunami that happened in 2015, were many were elected riding on President Muhammadu Buhari’s popularity will no longer happen.

When asked to react to the NASS rearrangement of the election time able, the governor said, “I so much appreciate this. I think if you observe critically what happened in the last election where President was elected along with other members of National Assembly.

Then we called it Buhari tsunami, where the good, the bad and the ugly were all put together and elected. It is either going to be in their interest that the Buhari tsunami will return them or everybody will be on his or her own.

He said let Buhari return and let Nigerians select the good ones out of the bad ones to return to the National Assembly. Which ever order it comes this upcoming general elections, I can assure you that President will win landslide and the good ones will return to the National Assembly.”

Asked if he was saying the lawmakers will be the losers of this rearranged table time, Bello said, “They have the choice to make and they have made their choice that the good will of Mr. President should not rob off on the bad ones. Surely, the good ones on their own account will return to the National Assembly at the appropriate time.”

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Reacting to the appointment of the national leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu to reconcile aggrieved party members, Bello said, it was a right step in the right direction.

Meanwhile, We had previously reported that the National Assembly conference committee on electoral act (amendment) bill on Tuesday, February 6, adopted the reordered sequence of the 2019 general elections, making presidential election last.

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