2023: Buhari’s decline to sign Electoral Act, perfect for us – Gov Bala


By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

Bauchi State governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential aspirant, Senator Bala Mohammed, has said failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the amendment to the Electoral Act 2022, was in favour of aspirants like him.

The governor said, the process of amending the electoral act did not start on time and signing now might go against National Electoral Commission (INEC) guidelines for elections.

Mohammed declared this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after leading a delegation on a thank you visit to President Buhari for inaugurating a N23.5 billion World Bank Assisted Upgraded Bauchi Township Water Supply Scheme.

Some political parties had in recent times pressured President Buhari to assent to the amendment to current Section 84 (8) which provides that delegates to vote at the Indirect Primaries and National Convention of political parties to elect candidates for elections shall be those democratically elected for that purpose only.

The implication is that statutory delegates, such as elected political office holders, political appointees and executive officers of political parties are not eligible to vote at primaries to nominate candidates for the 2023 general election.

The new Section 84 has in effect drastically pruned the number of delegates for party indirect primaries and reduced the financial implications of delegate elections.

Asked how he felt that the President has not signed the electoral act, he said: “Well, I’m a realist. I believe that the electoral Act is a product of legislative process and that has been done and it was not done earlier and then we have a timeline and guideline of INEC, so we’ll have to manage it.

“I think the less the merrier as somebody who is in the race. Well, I have fewer delegates to go and woo, it is better for me than all these 4,000, 5,000 delegates. Anyway, that is my take”, he said.