Nigeria Senate on Wednesday removed the clause that makes direct primary mandatory for the election of candidates in political parties from the electoral amendment act.
The Senate in late 2021 passed a version of the bill and transmitted it to President Muhammadu Buhari who declined assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
Buhari said that the mandatory use of direct primaries for all political parties in the country will be too expensive to execute, saying that it will put a financial burden on Nigeria’s slim resources.
He also expressed fears that the proposed mandatory use of direct primaries will amount to the violation of citizens’ rights will be violated and will lead to marginalisation for smaller political parties.
Buhari advised the National Assembly to look into the areas of concern and transmit the bill to him for assent.
House of Representatives speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and Senate president Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday said the National Assembly will work on the proposed legislation and send to Buhari.