Electoral Bill: Direct Primaries Won’t Stop Imposition Of Aspirant – SPN Tells Buhari, NASS
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) has said that direct primaries are not a panacea to solve the problem of the imposition of candidates among political parties in the country. DAILY POST reports.
The party revealed this in a statement on Tuesday through Abiodun Bamigboye, acting National Chairperson, and Chinedu Bosah, National Secretary respectively.
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“We see the controversy over the amendment bill as a reflection of infighting between two different sections of the same thieving elite’. Information Guide Nigeria
“The different positions held by the president and National Assembly on direct primaries are driven by their self-serving, short-term interest and not the quest to strengthen democracy as they both claim”. jamb results
“The fact is that the members of the National Assembly want to make direct primary mandatory because they believe it would make it easy for them to get the return tickets. On his part, President Buhari is out to protect the interest of state governors who consider it easier through indirect primaries to impose candidates or secure tickets for reelection or senatorial seats, which have become the playing ground of the former governors”.
“We hold that direct primaries is not a panacea for the problem of the imposition of candidates by governors and godfathers as the experiences of what obtains in both APC and PDP have shown”.
“Besides, it is illogical to think that the thieving politicians in both APC and PDP, for instance, who buy votes and perpetuate mass riggings in the general elections, cannot do the same in the primary elections, either it is through the direct or indirect arrangement. For instance, a recent judgment by the Federal High Court held that the direct primary election of APC in Anambra was rigged in favour of Andy Uba to emerge as the party candidate for the last gubernatorial election in the state”.
“We welcome the introduction of the provision for the electronic transmission of election results”.
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