2023 election candidates: Nigerians back NASS on adoption of parties direct primaries

A cross-section of Nigerians have continued to react to the recent adoption of direct primaries as a condition for political parties to pick candidates for the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

According to them, by adopting direct primaries in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the lawmakers are poised for people’s interest.

An Abuja-based lawyer, Barr. Ejike Ejiofor, commended the National Assembly for the move, saying it offered Nigerians increased hope for redemption as the 2023 elections approaches.

According to a Director of a
Civil Society Organisation, ‘Citizens Awareness Platform, Oslomb Ahamba, direct primaries would sanitise and stabilise the system.

He said the adoption of direct primary elections will create an atmosphere of fairness among political office contestants.

An APC chieftain, Garus Gololo, who commended the lawmakers for adopting direct primary elections, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to speedily assent to the bill.

Gololo said with the proposed direct primary for all political parties, if Buhari signs it into law, the people would be duly represented.

Recall that the National Assembly on November 9, against moves by some State governors of APC extraction, passed the Electoral Act amendment Bill, allowed direct primary elections for political parties and also gave a nod for INEC to conduct election electronically and transmit its results electronically.

The leadership of the APC, on which platform most members of both chambers of the National Assembly were elected, however, rejected the position of the lawmakers.

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