By Muhammad Umar Shehu
A coalition of twenty five civil society organisations on Tuesday staged a peaceful demonstration, appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to sign into law, the re-visited Electoral Act amendment bill waiting on his table.
The protesters who were questioning the Nigerian president’s delay in appending his signature on the bill, asked him to sign it in the overall interest of Nigerians.
Recalled that the president’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, had on Monday blamed the groups of “cashing in” on the perceived delay to agitate civil disorder.
The protest was tagged, “The National Day of Protest on the Electoral Bill 2022”.
The Executive Director, Yiaga Africa, Samsung Itodo while addressing the press, said the bill when signed, will help guarantee an all-inclusive and credible electrol process in Nigeria.
Also speaking, the country Director, ActionAid Nigeria and Convener, Nigeria Civil Society Situation, Roim, Eni Obi, prevailed on the president to sign the bill.
On his part, the Chairman, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) and Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Rafsanjani, said, Nigerians were tired of Electoral manipulations hence the need for Buhari to sign the Bill into law.
In her remarks, Executive Director, Inclusive Friends Association (IFA), Grace Jerry, said the electoral bill, when assented to, will give over thirty million community of PWDS access to the electoral process.