Governor Reacts To Electoral Act Amendment Bill, Says Governors Not Scared of Direct Primaries

Governor Reacts To Electoral Act Amendment Bill, Says Governors Not Scared of Direct Primaries

  • Reactions have trailed the recent harmonisation of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill by the National Assembly
  • While various politicians and political parties alike have commended the lawmakers' efforts others kicked against it
  • In a recent move, the governor of Kogi state reacting to the bill said no governor is scared of direct party primaries

Kogi -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.

Bello while speaking on Channels Television's Politics Today, said claims that some governors are set to determine the political stance of some lawmakers is false.

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Governor Bello said his colleagues are not scared of direct primaries Photo: Yahaya Bello
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Governors have no problem with party direct primaries

Bello said that the believes that no governor issues their tickets to members of the National Assembly as widely reported.

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Noting that he does not believe that any governor in Nigeria is scared of their parties conducting direct primaries, Bello said decisions at the high level of governance cannot be taken on impulse.

He said:

“I will always caution that whenever we are making laws or taking decisions, we shouldn’t be basing it on the impulse of the moment.”

The governor's reaction comes a day after lawmakers of the Ninth Senate approved a committee report on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

PDP condemns harmonisation of the Bill by the National Assembly

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in its reaction to the harmonisation of the bill said it would make its decision known after 48 hours.

The party, however, condemning the process said it is unconstitutional for a party to impose its internal political processes on another party.

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According to the opposition party, no party has the sole right to impose its process on another party as provided by the 1999 Constitution as amended.

The party's national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said within Nigeria's constitutional democracy, another political party cannot force its form of internal democratic practices for elections at any level.

In other news, civil society organisations across Nigeria had earlier called on the National Assembly to amend the electoral bill in order to give way to a better electoral process across the country.

The organisations said it is important the bill is passed before the next cycle of elections in the country.

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