#NotTooYoungToRun Members Protest Buhari’s Rejection Of Electoral Act Amendment

Written by on March 14, 2018

Members of the #NotTooYoungToRun group on Wednesday stormed the Presidential Villa entrance in protest.

The group which comprises Nigerian youths are protesting President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent the Electoral Act Amendment.

The protesting youths converged at the Unity Fountain in Abuja on Wednesday morning and thereafter marched to the entrance of the Presidential Villa bearing placards.

They expressed grievances over President Buhari’s action which rejects the Electoral Amendment Act that seeks to re-order the sequence of 2019 elections.

The protesters who barricaded the entrance to the presidential villa rejected a delegate sent from the Presidential Villa to address them. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on New Media was sent to address the youths but they refused to give an audience.

They insisted that a higher government official in the caliber of a Minister or the Secretary-General of the Federation be sent to address them.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday wrote to the National Assembly withholding his assent to the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act.

In the letter, which was read on the floor during plenary by the Senate President Bukola Saraki, Buhari said the amendments by the lawmakers were in conflict with existing laws.

President Buhari said he is declining assent to the amendment of the Electoral Act because the amendment to the sequence of the election in section 25 of the Principal Act may infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of INEC to organise, undertake and supervise all elections provided in section 16(a) of the constitution.

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