- Yakubu Dogara laments that the federal government is treating the 2019 election as an emergency
- Dogara says the leadership of the National Assembly will do all within its power to ensure a successful 2019 election
- The speaker says he has many questions to ask, but he plans the appropriate
Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has promised that the National Assembly would do all within its legal powers to ensure that the 2019 general elections held successfully.
Dogara stated this on Thursday, August 9, at a meeting of the leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly with chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu.
The speaker, however, lamented that the federal government was treating the 2019 general election as an emergency.
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“As leaders of the National Assembly, we are committed to appropriating whatever is needed within the confines of the resources of the nation for INEC to be able to actualise this and that is why this meeting is important.
“However, personally, I have some questions that I intend to raise, but I will raise these in the process of discussion because it appears that we are treating this 2019 election as an emergency, which it ought not to be, so that is just my concern,” he said.
Dogara also stated that the legislature was committed to free, fair and credible elections in 2019.
He also urged the electoral umpire to ensure the standards were improved upon.
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“I want to reiterate that we are committed to an electoral process that will better our experiences of our 2015 general elections,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the chairmen and leaders of 45 political parties reportedly raised alarm over alleged plans to impeach the Senate president, Bukola Saraki and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
The parties raised the alarm during a solidarity visit to Saraki, in Abuja on Thursday, August 9, in connection to the recent blockade of the National Assembly by security operatives.
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