From Victor Osula, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari has rested the lingering controversy over whether or not he would sign the Electoral Act Amendment when he disclosed ton Wednesday night that he would assent to the electoral law under one condition.
Speaking in an interview with Channels TV, anchored by Seun Okinbaloye and Maupe Ogun Yusuf, at the Presidential Villa, Buhari said he would sign the bill into law if the National Assembly include three options of conducting party primaries and resend it.
He said in reply to the question whether he would sign the reworked Act”All I said in my letter to the leadership of the National Assembly was that there must be options and if they do that I will sign the Act. I did not tell them what I did not like. You cannot dictate to the people and say we are in a democracy.”
When pressed what were the options he preferred, he answered, “Direct, Indirect and Consensus methods.”
In other areas such as agriculture, insecurity, electricity, and unemployment, he said the government was doing its best within available resources to develop the economy through infrastructure in the areas of roads, rail and agriculture, adding that insecurity has improved in the last six weeks after the fourth meeting with security chiefs.