- President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, November 18, held a meeting with Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila
- Gbajabiamila said the Nigerian leader is in support of political parties conducting direct primary to produce election candidates
- Recall that the Senate and the House of Representatives passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill which allows direct primaries
This mode of primaries allows all card carrying members of political parties to be involved in the choice of candidates for major elections.
Gbajabiamila made this known on Thursday, November 18, after meeing with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
In anothe report by Daily Trust, the speaker urged the president to sign the electoral act into law as contained in the bill recently passed by lawmakers.
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While noting that the Speaker told the president to support the conduct of direct primaries by political parties, Gbajabiamila added that direct primaries opens up the political space for the youths to participate.
PDP governor disagrees with National Assembly, says direct primaries will create more problems
In a previous report by Legit.ng, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state said he never supported the idea of direct primary elections for political parties because it will cause more problems than envisaged.
Ortom, who was reacting to questions from journalists in Makurdi about his thoughts concerning the amendment of the electoral law just passed by the National Assembly, also said the adoption of direct primaries by political parties would cost more money.
The governor however expressed confidence that the PDP would make headway in the states and at national level in the forthcoming 2023 general elections, citing the performance of the party at its just-concluded convention and the Anambra election as examples.
Governor reacts to Electoral Act Amendment Bill, says governors not scared of direct primaries
In a related development, the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, on Wednesday, November 10, reacted to the recent harmonisation of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill by members of the National Assembly.
He said claims that some governors are set to determine the political stance of some lawmakers is false.
Bello went on to note that he believes that no governor issues their tickets to members of the National Assembly as widely reported.