Senate ‘probe INEC’, set for Presidential, governorship elections debate

Senate on Wednesday resolved to subject all allegations of irregularities and unconstitutional conducts exhibited in the just concluded general elections by different stakeholders to serious debate next week  .

The debate as resolved by the Upper legislative chamber  is to allow it find out the causes of the irregularities and come up with solutions including the possible signing of the last electoral amendment bill that was not signed by the President.

These were sequel to  a motion sponsored to that effect  by Senator Dino Melaye (PDP  Kogi West).

Melaye who rose through Order 42 of the senate ‘s standing rules to move the motion, said the Senate must rise against all forms of irregularities and abuses of the law carried out in the elections.

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According to him, all legislative interventions that are required must be effected to avert a repeat of the irregularities in future.

He stressed  that the issue was not political, but one which would help curb electoral malpractices in future elections.

“What I am raising this morning has nothing to do with political parties. I want to bring before this Senate, the elections both on the 9th and 23rd in this country and I believe that the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not close our eyes to the happenings of those elections.

“I want that election to be debated on this floor. I want to bring a motion to be addressed by this Senate in the next legislative day so that the militarisation of the process, the abuses of this election, will not go undiscussed in this parliament for posterity sake”, he said .

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Senator Melaye further stated that the motion became imperative “so that solutions can be given and the president can also be properly advised and the electoral Act Amendment Bill be signed into law as we begin to prepare for future elections.

“This is my prayer. Let it be discussed as a Senate. We will debate and give accounts of what happened in our various senatorial districts with a view to correcting electoral malpractices, he added .

But a few Senators who objected to the motion tried and failed to stop the Senate from debating it next week.

Senate President  Bukola Saraki was able to prevail on the lawmakers to allow the debate to take place even as he assured that partisanship would not be allowed during the debate.

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He cautioned Senators to always balance their political interests with the national interest.

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