APC, PDP sing discordant tunes on passage of direct primaries by Senate

APC, PDP sing discordant tunes on passage of direct primaries by Senate

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has supported the decision by the Senate over the use of the direct primary mode to select candidates vying for various elective positions.

The party also lauded the Senate for empowering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); to determine the mode of transmission of election results.

This was contained in a statement issued by the APC caretaker secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, who maintained that the patriotic disposition of the multi-partisan 9th National Assembly should be commended.

The party enjoined the citizenry to ignore the resolve by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); to kick against the initiative by the national assembly to reform the electoral system.

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The APC noted, “It is the right thing for the National Assembly to aggregate and considers the clapapmours by civil societies; interested stakeholders and indeed all Nigerians on all matters requiring legislation.

“We reaffirm our commitment and support for constitutionally-permitted innovations; that will improve the transparency and credibility of Nigeria’s electioneering processes and internal democracy; specifically the nomination of political party candidates.

“In line with our progressive mantra, the credibility of elections has continued to improve under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government. Valid votes now count and past practices of electoral fraud inflicted on Nigerians by past PDP administrations are fast becoming a thing of the past.

“At party level, the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC); under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni has entrenched internal democracy in nomination processes; as recorded in recent and successful nationwide congresses conducted by the party.

“The APC as a party and government will continue to stand for; and support free, fair, transparent as well as credible elections. We call on well-meaning Nigerians to join us in this quest to deepen our democracy.”

However, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) kicked against the Senate’s adoption of direct primaries for political parties in the country.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the passage; as a retrogressive provision that sought to wipe off all the gains achieved in the electoral practice since 1999.

“The PDP holds that the provision is aimed at increasing the costs of nomination procedures; thereby surrendering the processes to money bags against the wishes and aspiration of Nigerians,” he said further.

The party said that hardly would there many political parties might not be able to raise the cost; of conducting internal elections under a direct primary process.

“The PDP, therefore, urges the Senate to immediately deploy its appropriate legislative instruments; to reverse itself on the direct primary as it is not practicable,” he said.

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