Approving Direct Primary for Political Parties Retrogressive – PDP Slams Senate

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The Peoples Democratic Party has knocked the Senate for approving direct mode of primary for political parties in the country.

The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday, described the move as retrogressive.

PDP said the provision “seeks to wipe off all the gains achieved in our electoral practice since 1999,” adding that it is ”a blow to the development of democratic norms and a plot to introduce anarchy during internal party elections as currently obtainable in the APC.”

He also said the provision is aimed at increasing the costs of nomination procedures thereby surrendering the processes to money bags against the wishes and aspiration of Nigerians.

“Our party makes bold to state that except the APC, which intends to deploy looted funds in future elections, hardly will there be any political party that will be able to raise the cost of conducting internal elections under a direct primary process.

“This is why the decision of the Senate has elicited widespread rejection from Nigerians across the board.

“The PDP, therefore, urges the Senate to immediately deploy its appropriate legislative instruments to reverse itself on the direct primary as it is not operable and does not reflect the wishes and aspiration of the majority of Nigerians,” the PDP said.

The Senate on Tuesday approved for all political parties, the direct primary mode of selecting candidates.

The chamber approved Clause 87 of the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill to read “a political party seeking to nominate candidates for elections under this bill shall hold direct primaries for aspirants to all elective positions, which shall be monitored by the Commission.”

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