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Electoral Act: Direct primary clause not to hurt governors – Senate

  The Senate said it favoured the direct primary clause in the 2010 Electoral Act (amendment) Bill 2021, was not to hurt governors.   Th...

 


The Senate said it favoured the direct primary clause in the 2010 Electoral Act (amendment) Bill 2021, was not to hurt governors.

 

The Spokesperson for the Senate, Ajibola Basiru noted that the direct primary method would enable all card-carrying members of political parties’ to participate directly in electing their preferred candidates for elections.

 

Some political analysts, however, have alleged that the senators passed the clause in order to whittle down the powers of state governors in future elections in the country.

 

It is believed that the governors are using the indirect primary method to determine delegates for ward, local government, state congresses as well as the national convention in their favour.

 

The Senate spokesman refuted the claims saying, “Those people who are making such comments want to set us against our governors. As far as I am concerned, the governor of my state (Osun) is my leader and I don’t have any issue with him.”

 

He noted that the allegation was just to whip up political sentiments, adding that he knows that some elements in the opposition political parties are making that speculation and it has no basis.

 

He added that it is not a gang up of senators against the governors, stressing that what the Senate did was to strengthen the House of Representatives’ adoption of direct primary.

 

The spokesman explained that nobody has any governor in mind and in any event, observing that senators also hope to become governor some day and so, they cannot be making laws against themselves.

 

He said the senators are of the belief that direct primary would enhance political parties’ internal democracy, adding that it is also not healthy for anybody to assume that the Senators are fighting leaders of their political parties.

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