How Youths can take advantage of direct primaries to win elections - Speaker

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has stated that it is in the interest of Nigerian youths that direct primaries were introduced.

The national assembly had approved the conference committee report on the electoral act amendment bill.

In the report, the lawmakers agreed that all political parties must use the direct primary mode in selecting candidates.

Femi Gbajabiamila
Femi Gbajabiamila

Although the development elicited varied reactions with some stakeholders, including governors, rejecting the proposal, the national assembly has forwarded the Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent on Friday.

Speaking on Saturday at the 2021 Universal Children’s Day celebration in Abuja, Gbajabiamila said the direct primaries for political parties is “about the future of our country”.

“Our position in the ninth house of representatives is that everyone must have equal opportunities to participate in governance and the democratic process,” he said.

“Our young people must have a seat at the high table and we must create the enabling environment for them to be in leadership such that a young man with bold ideas can come out to vie for any position, be it legislator, governor or any other office. That can only be achieved through direct primaries, which will give a fair chance to the youth of this country to be involved in governance.”

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