As the agitation for the passage of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill gathers momentum across the country, the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Aminu Abbas, has assured Nigerians that his colleagues across the country are committed to an enduring Electoral Reforms that will serve the interest of the country.
The Speaker gave this assurance in his office, while receiving representatives of two nongovernmental organizations, Center For Liberty (CFL) and Positive Youth Transformation Initiative (PYTI), that are presently advocating for Electoral Reforms, among other core issues bordering on democratic governance and social change in Nigeria.
The groups had embarked on a peaceful march to the House of Assembly, demanding for a resolution that will urge the National Assembly in Abuja to expedite action on the quick passage of the Electoral Bill, currently before the Senate.
According to a statement made available to newsmen by the coordinator of PYTI, Charles Christopher, the Speaker assured that the Adamawa House and fellow Speakers in the country will support every effort to get the electoral act amendment bill passed this year.
“The Electoral Act Amendment Bill is very important and will pilot a positive change in diverse ramification of the country towards strengthening the country’s democracy.
“All efforts towards a rewarding, peaceful and progressive election that will represent the people’s interest is what we shall work for, and this Bill can make it happen; therefore, I would not relent to implore effort until the it is passed by the National Assembly.
“I receive your letter on behalf of the people of Adamawa State; your advocacy is something that the entire members of this house welcome, and once it is something that has to do with elections, I can assure you that the Conference of Speakers will also support it.
“We believe that the electoral process must be strengthen, the people’s voice must count and I can assure you that this house and conference of Speakers in the Northeast, the 19 northern states and beyond, will support an enduring electoral reforms.
Earlier in his remarks, PYTI Coordinator, Charles Christopher, had entreated the leadership of the Adamawa State Houses of Assembly to pass a resolution urging the National Assembly to recommit to the passage of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill this year, describing as the most sought after legislation.
“The Nigerian people need the effervescent direction of its leadership strata at all levels, and in this case, Electoral Reform will guide the country to her destined path of Credible Elections and Electoral Justice, just as it will cast the names of the members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly and Lawmakers in the Northeast in good light for supporting this process,” Christopher added.
CFL and PYTI had led several other groups to march in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, to the passage of Electoral Act 2020 (Repeal and Re-enactment), urging all stakeholders to get it done.