- Dr. Ahmade Lawan, president of the Nigerian Senate on Monday, November 22, held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari
- Lawann said the National Assembly does not need to lobby the Nigerian leader to sign the electoral amendment bill
- The Senate and the House of Representatives had earlier passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill which allows direct primaries
Abuja - The National Assembly does not need to lobby Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the electoral amendment bill in its current form.
According to Lawan, transmitting the bill to the president shows NASS members already expressed their positions on issues to the president.
While noting that Buhari will not be influenced by any external force to perform his duties on the bill, Lawan added that the president will follow the due process.
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In another report by Nigerian Tribune, the president of the 9th Senate called on All Progressive Congress (APC) governors who are not happy with the provision of direct primary provision in the Electoral Act to engage with the lawmakers and other political stakeholders.
Though not all governors are against the use of direct primary to select political party candidates for elections, Lawan said putting the provision in the bill was a decision of the majority of the National Assembly.
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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.
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In a related development, the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, on Wednesday, November 10, reacted to the 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.