On December 2, 2021, African Community News reported exclusively that President Muhammadu Buhari was not in support of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill as passed by the national assembly.
We also revealed that report that the President had contacted the relevant stakeholders to inform them of his position which we said, very reliable Sso Rock Presidential Villa source told us was predicated on the section that death with mandatory direct primaries for all political parties for chosing their candidates for elections.
Exactly seven days after our report, Buhari has dumped the Electoral Act Amendment Bill back, on the table of the national assembly, having rejected it, on the basis of the direct primaries section.
This is even as Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State frowned on the “infringement” of parties’ rights by the National Assembly.
According to our very reliable Villa source, the President, in rejecting the Bill said the cost of conducting direct primaries by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), would be too much for the country to bear.
By INEC estimation, it will cost additional N500 billion to conduct direct primaries for all political parties.
The source said further that Buhari met with INEC chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmoud who alerted him of the implication of allowing the direct primaries in the laws of the nation.
The source told African Community News that the new develpment would be made open later today, December 9, 2021 even though the President’s position would be formally read on the floor of the two chambers if the national assembly next week.