The National Assembly last week passed the Electoral Amendment Bill into law to the chagrin of governors. The amended electoral bill has a section where compelled all political parties to adopt a direct primary mode of electing candidates. This is section is one of the reasons most governors are fighting to prevent the bill from becoming law as the legislators forward it to President Mohammadu Buhari for his assent next week.
Leading the force against the bill, is the All Progressive Congress (APC) governors who felt that their influence with their party in the state might be whittled down if the direct primary is adopted as a mode of electing candidates. However, sometimes last week while given reason for resisting the amended bill, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state claimed that it be very expensive for the party to conduct a direct primary election.
Despite the cost implication, some opponents of the amended electoral bill noted that conducting a direct party primary would be unwieldy and conflict-prone which the proponents disputed claiming that direct primary adoption by political parties would deepen democracy in Nigeria.
Be that as it may, as uncertainty mounts, all eyes are on President Buhari whether he would assent to the bill or not. Whichever way it goes, the 2023 general election would definitely reap from it.
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