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Pro-Buhari senators walk out over adoption of electoral act

Some members of the Red Chamber on Wednesday staged a walk-out in protest against the adoption of the report by the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on the Amendment to the Electoral Act.

According to the protesting Senator’s, despite the adoption of the report by the Senate, they would insist on its reversal.

The protesting lawmakers also alleged that the amendment was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, Senator Suleiman Nazif, had on Wednesday, presented the report at the plenary.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had after receiving the report, put the adoption to voice vote.

Saraki said there was no need for debate on it as it was from a conference committee which had harmonised the versions of the two chambers.

After the vote, the ‘ayes’ had it and Saraki ruled on it — a development that generated an uproar in the chamber.

The Senate President also ruled against three senators who raised points of order to protest against the adoption.

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