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House of Reps Speaker Queries Conduct Of Political Party Primaries

Following the recently conducted primaries of political parties in Nigeria, about 178 serving lawmakers in the house of representatives lost their bid to secure ticket as the flag bearer of their parties.

However, the implication of this indicates that these number of lawmakers are not returning to the green chamber.

Reacting to this develoment, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, queried the the process of the primaries of political parties.

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Gbajabiamila who reacted to the issue on Tuesday in his opening remarks at the resumption of plenary after over one month of recess, expressed worry and questioned why the 178 serving members of the house failed to secure the ticket of their various parties.

He said “many members lost because of the process of primaries, using the delegate system which is what the House fought for by making direct primaries compulsory in the Electoral Act which the President has yet to sign”

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“That clause of the Electoral Act had to be expunged, allowing political parties to decide their mode of primaries to select their candidates for various elections”.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari assented to the Act barely a week before the expiration of the window he had to take a decision on the legislation, as required by the Nigerian Constitution

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