By PUNCH Newspaper
The Peoples Democratic Party senator representing Anambra North Senatorial Diatrict, Stella Oduah, has explained that she abstained from the physical headcount at the Senate on Thursday because of her membership of the Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The INEC panel submitted its report on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021 on Thursday and the Senate called for a division to approve an amendment to Section 52(3) which his to do with the transmission of election results.
All the PDP senators except two, who were inside the Senate chamber voted in support of electronic transmission of election results while members of the All Progressives Congress voted against it.
Oduah and 28 others, across both parties, abstained from the poll.
The Senator, however, explained reasons for her action in a statement titled, “I did participate in Division in Protest – Senator Oduah,” issued in Abuja on Friday.
Oduah, who is the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, and member of the Senate Committee on Electoral Act Amendment Bill, and that of the Petroleum Industry Bill, said she refused to take part in the head count because she could not be seen rejecting the resolution her Committee had agreed on.
She said, “We took time to arrive at that decision at the Committee meeting and coming to Plenary to reject it will be unjust that was why I walked out.
“In as much as number is a very significant decider in Parliament, we should also take decisions having future projection and nation development in mind.”
It will be recalled that the Chairman of the INEC panel that made the recommendation, Kabiru Gaya, also voted against his panel’s report.
You may be interested
Flood kills 26, destroy 1,000 houses in Kano Stateadmin - July 30, 2021
Flood kills 26, destroy 1,000 houses in Kano State Posted by News Express | 30 July 2021 | 139 times…
IPOB declares weekly lockdown until Kanu is released, warns against disobeying orderadmin - July 30, 2021
IPOB declares weekly lockdown until Kanu is released, warns against disobeying order Posted by News Express | 30 July 2021…
By OLAIDE OYELUDE A fight between members of two rival gangs of bandits…admin - July 30, 2021
4 killed as bandits fight over woman Posted by News Express | 30 July 2021 | 64 times By OLAIDE…