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Direct Primary: Why The South May Need To Restrategize On Its Agitation To Produce The Next Presidency

As preparations towards the 2023 general elections continues to amass more attention, on Tuesday, the Nigerian Senate passed a bill which made the conduct of direct primary compulsory for all political parties in nominating candidates for all elective posts.

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The Senate in approving direct primary for political parties, amended clause 87 which allowed for either direct or indirect primaries before now.

However, worthy of note is that although before now, the Southern governors had insisted that the region must produce next president, the latest compulsion of the use of direct primary by political parties, may force Southerners to soft-pedal on its insistence of producing next president, but instead persuade or negotiate with the North to achieve its aim, as the North had earlier argued that the demand of the South was unconstitutional.

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Meanwhile, before we discuss why the latest Senate resolution may make the South to soft-pedal on their agitations, it is good to know that direct method of primary involves all registered members of the party getting an equal opportunity to vote for the flag bearer as the general populace does in a general election.

While this method is considered to be tedious and time-consuming, it is also believed to be the most transparent method that represents the wishes of majority of party members.

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To this end, it is widely known fact that the population of the North outweighs that of the South, and since the direct primary now appears to be a game of number, the South may not be able to produce number of registered party members who are capable of tilting the presidential primary election in its favour in either of the two major political parties (PDP & APC).

With this political development, the South which have been saying it must produce next president, may now begin to restrategize on how it can lobby or persuade the North in ceding the next presidency to the South.

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But in your thoughts, do you agree that this direct primary compulsion may lead to the emergence of a Northern candidate if the South will not restrategize or persuade the North ?

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