Connect with us


JUST IN: Senate succumbs to Buhari, reverses self on direct primaries for parties



2020 BUDGET: Senators query proposed VAT increase, others

The Senate on Wednesday succumbed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s request, and has reversed itself on the use of indirect mode of primaries for for political parties in the country.

Announcing its decision during plenary on Wednesday in Abuja, the Upper Chamber said it was opting for different options which would see the conduct of party primaries adopt the direct, indirect and the consensus options.

The adoption of the various options will now see the Senate amending Clause 84 of the contentious Electoral Bill to include direct, indirect, and consensus options of nominating party candidates for party elections.

The National Assembly had passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill and sent same to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent.

READ ALSO: Governors not against direct primaries – Gov Abdullahi Sule

But the president had refused to sign the bill, but instead returned it to the federal legislature, with the argument that it was wrong to constrain political parties to only one option of direct primaries.

Join the conversation


Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now