The former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido supports the decision of the President not signing the amended electoral bill into law. Political parties in the country should be allowed in the best way to determine their candidates for elections without any overbearing influence from outsiders, Sule emphasized.
Lamido spoke at his Bamaina country home in Birmin Kudu Local Government Area of Jigawa State yesterday. “President Buhari’s decision to reject the bill has vindicated his own position on the matter”as gathered by naija Catapult.
Recall that President Buhari stated that assenting to the bill may open up the electoral system to a series of court issues from stakeholders and party members.
Buhari also added that, the adoption of direct primaries violates the spirit of democracy and would fuel corruption as well as over motorization.
The President said, he declined assent to the bill in line with section 58(1) of the 1999 Constitution, arguing that the mandatory use of direct primaries for the selection of candidates by all political parties in the country as proposed in the bill would place a huge financial burden on the country’s slim resources.
Thus, Lamido agrees that, the bill would have created a huge financial and logistic burden on political parties.
He added that ” While the Nigerian Constitution guarantees the safeguard of our plural democracy, thesame Constitution inherently guarantees the parties to regulate the conduct of their affair’s and mandate INEC to oversee compliance of their Constitution.
“Now for the APC Nigerian Senate to turn itself into a sole administrator of political parties is tantamount to political self help of APC’s dwindling political fortunes. It is true that there was a time in our political evolution when we had parties headed by late Air Marshall Alfa as the sole administrator of SDP and NRC”
Sule Lamido in his view, the content of the bill was an attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) controlled National Assembly to turn the itself into a sole administrator of political parties.