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PDP faults Senate for approving direct primary elections

By News Desk

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the red chamber of National Assembly for approving direct primary for nomination of candidates for election for all positions by political parties.

The main opposition party describe the development as a retrogressive provision that seeks to wipe off all the gains achieved in the country’s electoral practice since 1999.

The PDP’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the decision by the APC-controlled Senate was a humongous blow to the development of democratic norms and a plot to introduce anarchy during internal party elections as currently obtainable in the APC.

Through a statement on Wednesday, Ologbondiyan noted that the provision was aimed at increasing the costs of nomination procedures thereby surrendering the processes to money bags against the wishes and aspiration of Nigerians.

According to him, our party makes bold to state that with the exception of the APC, which intends to deploy looted funds in future election, 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 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 majority of Nigerians,” the statement read.

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