Meeting under the aegis of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) were the host governor and chairman of the group, Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, his counterparts from Kwara, Imo, Borno, Ebonyi, Lagos and Zamfara.
As at 10:00 p.m., their counterparts from Osun, Yobe, Gombe and Kaduna States were still being expected.
The PGF at its meeting of. Nov. 9 had said that adopting direct primaries would overstretch the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
reports that the National Assembly adopted Section 87 of the amended electoral bill currently awaiting the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari.
That section stipulates mandatory direct primaries for all political parties.
However, at PGF last meeting, the Chair, Bagudu said that INEC’s decision to make it mandatory for political parties to elect their candidates for elective positions through direct primaries was undemocratic.
According to him, it will limit the parties ability to choose their desired options.
Direct primaries involve the participation of all party members in the selection of candidates, while indirect primaries involves the use of delegates who are mostly leaders and executives at the ward, local government and state levels to elect the party’s candidates at congress or convention.
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