THE Social Democratic Party on Tuesday asked Nigerians to reject moves by the National Assembly to impose the direct primary mode of electing candidates on political parties.
The National Chairman of the SDP, Dr Olu Agunloye, stated this in a statement made available to our correspondent titled, ‘Direct primaries not the key.’
The party urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), not to sign the 2010 Electoral Act (amendment), Bill 2021, recently passed and sent to him by the federal lawmakers.
It appealed to Nigerians to reject attempts by the nation’s parliament to impose direct primary on the polity
The statement read in part, “The Social Democratic Party urges the Nigerian people to reject the imposition of direct primaries on the polity. We enjoin President Muhammadu Buhari not to assent to the Bill which is generally considered by the people as an outright misplaced priority by the National Assembly.
“Political parties should be left to take their own decisions with regard to the mode of primary elections they choose to adopt as provided for in their Constitutions.
“The National Assembly should return to its core mandate of facilitating laws and engendering congenial conditions that ensure social justice, economic development and general security for the people of Nigeria that they represent.
“We have had enough from our elected and selected leaders, who always veer off the path of progress, security, and social justice at critical times to steer towards distractions and destructions. It is time to rebuild and remodel Nigeria.
“Direct primaries may have some laudable features but this process should not be lorded over every political party to be used in every case and at all times.”