President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the amendment to the Electoral Act, which meant to change the country's elections sequence, Daily Trust has learnt.
The President of the red chamber stated: "With this Bill, we will have better elections; and electoral offenders who carry out offences will not go unpunished".
But in the letter, the president said amending section 25 of the electoral act would infringe on the "constitutionally guaranteed discretion" of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise, undertake and supervise elections.
President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the amended timetable for 2019 elections.
Buhari notified the Senate about his action in a letter dated March 3, 2018, which was read by the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki during plenary.More news: Dybala returns Juve to Serie A summit as Napoli held at Inter
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Some All Progressives Congress senators had kicked against the adoption of the report, accusing the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of influencing it.
The National Assembly Conference Committee on Electoral Act (amendment) Bill had on February 6 adopted the reordered sequence of the 2019 general elections, scheduling presidential election last.
He also said his decline of the assent is based on another section that deals with ways by which election may be challenged by candidates saying the National Assembly overreached its powers hence his decision to decline assent.
He revealed this while giving his remarks on Monday at the Public Hearing of a Bill for an Act to Establish the National Electoral Offences Commission (NEOC).
"Please accept Distinguished Senators, the assurances of my highest consideration".