Human rights activists, Aisha Yesufu and Deji Adeyanju on Tuesday in Abuja led members of the Alliance of Civil Society Organisations for Expansion of Electoral and Democratic Space (ACCESS) in a protest towards an alleged plan by the National Assembly to forge and manipulate the ultimate copy of the Electoral Amendment Bill which is able to quickly be due for passage.
The activists alleged that some lawmakers inserted unusual gadgets and clauses into the invoice and in addition expunged a number of the proposals canvassed by Nigerians throughout a public listening to.
The protesters, who displayed placards and banners on the gate of the National Assembly, warned the lawmakers towards subversion of the need of the folks.
Some of the inscriptions learn: Who Forged Electoral Bill; No More Rigging; and We Demand Electronic Transmission of Results.
Yesufu known as on Nigerians to prevail on the lawmakers to reject the cast Section 50(2) and different manipulated sections of the Electoral Bill within the curiosity of Nigeria.
She added that Nigerians would resist any try and mortgage the way forward for unborn generations and compromise the electoral course of for egocentric curiosity.
She stated, “We are not happy with what is happening in our nation, especially what is happening in the National Assembly, the same people we voted into the office to fight our fight for us, to be our voice, to stand for us. For how long have we been fighting for this electoral reform?
“I sat on the public listening to when the Senate President got here out and stated we must always take his phrases and we all know now that his phrases imply nothing. The Senate President must be ashamed of himself. He stated within the first quarter of the 12 months, they will go the electoral invoice. Here we’re, we are actually in July and we’re nonetheless asking for a similar factor.
“Femi Gbajabiamila, you fought to be Speaker to come and be a rubber-stamp and not fight for the people. You are just sitting down there as number four and playing second fiddle and playing as if you are not a citizen but a slave.
“We are saying that is democracy and the legislative arm of presidency is what makes it a democracy and right this moment we’re demanding that transmission of outcomes have to be performed electronically.”
She said Nigerians can only get rid of bad government through the ballot by voting for candidates with integrity, courage, and good character.
Yesufu said Nigerians are not asking for too much for demanding a credible electoral process.
“Lawal and Gbajabiamila, you’re the head of National Assembly, be the pinnacle however not the tail. The legislative arm of presidency is an arm by itself. There is the separation of energy; cease doing boy-boy (behaving like a maid),” Yesufu stated.
Adeyanju highlighted a number of the key amendments that had been rejected by the management of the National Assembly, noting that digital transmission of outcomes has now been prohibited (S.50(2)) and the bounds on marketing campaign bills have been elevated (S.88).
He alleged that the ultimate copy of the Bill doesn’t symbolize the curiosity of the Nigerian folks and subsequently urged Nigerians to contemplate it as a solid doc.