Former Governor of Ogun State and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Olusegun Osoba, has expressed support for direct primaries as contained in the newly Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
Engaging delegations of senators across political party lines and geo-political zones of Nigeria, who visited him in London, Osoba, noted President Muhammadu Buhari is a product of direct primary, urging him to sign the bill.
He said: “I have a feeling he will sign it. The president himself is a product of direct primary. He submitted himself to direct primary in 2019 throughout the country. Heaven did not fall.
“After he subjected himself to direct primary throughout Nigeria in all the wards, he also subjected himself to a National Convention to ratify his election at the primary.
“And quote me, I had cause to tell him at our National Caucus during the Edo election issue that ‘Mr. President, if you can subject yourself to direct primary and National Convention, I do not see why anybody should be afraid of direct primary’.
“I said this to him and we must be honest when we are talking to our leaders. That is why I believe that the president, having been a product of direct primary, will sign the law for direct primary.”