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General News of Thursday, 11 November 2021


Why Gbajambiamila pushed for direct primaries

Hon Femi Gbajabiamila Hon Femi Gbajabiamila

Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has explained why he pushed for direct primaries as the only method through which political parties should choose candidates to stand for elections.

According to him, direct primaries would bring more accountability and good representation as political office holders would not be limited to pleasing a group of few people selected as delegates, but would work for the interest of the generality of their party members, and by extension the electorate.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, Lanre Lasisi revealed this in a statement on Thursday, November 11, 2021.

“The Speaker, while hosting a delegation of the Nigerian youths on a thank-you visit for his role on direct primaries led by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, said he preferred a situation where the political space is opened for all, including the youths, to participate fully.

“This is even as Nigerian youths thanked the Speaker for single-handedly moving for the amendment in the Electoral Act to have direct primaries as the only method of electing parties’ candidates.

“Gbajabiamila said some members of the political class may not be comfortable with the arrangement, but that the majority of the masses are in support of direct primaries, which he said would give them the opportunity of deciding who would represent them.”

“If I know that my return will depend on some few men, I may care about you. But if I know that my return will depend on my accountability and representation to the people, I will do the right thing.

“It is important for this generation to open the door of leadership to the next generation. We must allow every Nigerian to participate fully in the process of leadership. I, therefore, stand with Direct Primary.

“That’s why I said at different fora that I’m for direct primaries. We have to do this for the sake of the institution.

“When you gather yourselves (as youths), chances are that you’ll win. Democracy is a government of the people. Democracy is not just a general election. It starts from the primaries,” he said.

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