The 2019 election schedule on Wednesday caused disaffection among members of the Senate as ten senators opposed to the decision to make election into the National Assembly precedes that of presidential election stormed out of the session.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had scheduled the Presidential and the National Assembly elections for February 16th, 2019, while the governorship, state assembly and area council elections in the federal capital territory will take place on March 2, 2019.
Yesterday, report of a joint committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives on the Amendment to the Electoral Act, which revised the election schedule was adopted by the upper chamber.
In the report, the National Assembly will be held first, to be followed by governorship and State Houses of Assembly, while presidential poll will come last.
The adoption of the report, tore the Senators apart, and made the plenary dissolved into acrimony as ten senators claimed the adoption was aimed at undermining President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection bid.
In protest, they walked out on Senate President Bukola Saraki to address a press conference on the issue during which they claimed 59 of them were against the amendment.
The ten were: Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa-West), Abu Ibrahim (Katsina-North), Abdullahi Gumel (Jigawa-North), Ali Wakili (Bauchi-South), Binta Masi Garba (Adamawa-North), Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta-Central), Umar Kurfi (Katsina-Central), Andrew Uchendu (Rivers-East), Benjamin Uwajumogu (Imo-North), and Abdullahi Yahaya (Kebbi-North).