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What Nigerians Must Do To Achieve Desired Electoral Reform – Lawan

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The President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has cautioned Nigerians against blackmailing and attacking the leadership of the National Assembly because of the proposed electoral reform.

There are reports that the leadershipof the national assembly is planning to alter the report of the joint Committees on Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

Some Nigerians had within the last two weeks, alleged that the leadership of the National Assembly tampered with the report on Electoral Act set to be considered at both chambers on Thursday.

The alarmists alleged that the clause providing for electronic transmission of results from 8, 809 wards across the country to the INEC Server had been expunged by the leadership of both chambers.

Though at separate events last week, both the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila had debunked the clsims and asked agitated groups to lobby their lawmakers

However, in plenary on Wednesday, Lawan described the allegations of manipulating the contents of the bill as the work of mischief makers bent on blackmailing the leadership of the National Assembly.

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He advised Nigerians to lobby their representatives in order to achieve their objectives.

Refutal of the insinuation came to the fore after the chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC Kano South) laid the report for consideration.

The Senate President, therefore, advised Nigerians to lobby lawmakers on any aspect of the bill they feel strongly about, insisting that the National Assembly would do only what is right when it eventually considers the bill.

He disclosed that the attempt by some elements to blackmail the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives resulted in the publication of his phone number and that of the Speakers’ on various online platforms.

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