Yakubu stated this at a public hearing on a Bill seeking to establish the National Electoral Offences Commission, organised by Senate Committees on INEC and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.
NAN reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had equally called for the speedy passage of the bill.
Saraki also noted that some political aspirants and parties were already campaigning when INEC had yet to declare electioneering open, adding: "The Senate in particular would be very anxious, if INEC begins to condone the actions of some political parties".
The amendments proposed by the National Assembly sought to make some changes in Nigeria's electoral act including changing the sequence of the 2019 elections.More news: China to merge regulators, create new ministries in biggest revamp in years
"The Senate in particular would be very anxious, if INEC begins to condone the actions of some political parties".
The amendment placed Presidential election last in the sequence of elections. "In fact, before we closed on Friday, we were slammed with another court order from Enugu on another matter and each time anybody goes to court, INEC is joined and joining INEC means we have to get lawyers to represent us", Yakubu said.
"Of recent, there have been arguments on who has power to do what", Saraki said.
"While the Uwais Report was transmitted by the executive to the National Assembly in 2010, the White Paper on recommendations of the Lemu Report directed the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minster of Justice to take steps towards the establishment of the Electoral Offences Tribunal".More news: Ryan Giggs makes Manchester United claim ahead of Sevilla Champions League clash
A similar letter was sent to Bukola Saraki, the president of the Senate.
Stakeholders from civil society groups at the event, who gave divergent views on the bill, noted that it would go a long way in providing solutions to electoral offences in line with global best practices.
The INEC boss said no amount of money can be too much in ensuring the nation's electoral process is free of all forms of perversion. "Once any provision of the electoral act conflicts with the constitution, that provision should be null and void".
He also warned against appointment of ex-officio members, while calling for a proper definition of "electoral offences".More news: Exact Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ:EXAS)
The INEC Chairman noted that the Bill will ensure perpetrators of electoral offences are punished and will also ensure INEC became focus as an election board.