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Presidency reacts to purported signing of Electoral Act Amendment Bill by Buhari

The presidency has reacted to reports purporting that President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the reviewed Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

Recall that on Saturday evening, there were speculation that the President who proceeded on a trip to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates may have signed the bill into law, a development that was raising concerns in some quarters.

An online platform had on Saturday, published a story claiming that the President had already signed the bill, which was transmitted to him last week Friday.

However, a source within the presidency told has refuted the report, describing it as false.

The bill could not have been signed in secret, especially when the president was out of the country and is expected back later today from UAE, Daily Post quoted a source to have said

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who just returned to the country with the President, said the news of the signing, which had already gone viral on social media, was not to his knowledge, saying “it is news to me too”.

In a related development, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, House of Representatives, Umar El-Yakub, also debunked the information, stressing that the viral news could not be true, citing reasons for his conclusion.

According to El-Yakub, referring to the President on the bill, said “he couldn’t have signed it yesterday because he was out of the country and he couldn’t have signed already because he’s just entering the country.

“I also cannot tell you that he will still sign it or will not sign it. He’s the President. But if it will be signed later, we will all know”, he said

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