4th December, 2021
Former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Amendment Electoral Act into law to stop the idea of governors handpicking candidates for elective positions.
Osoba who said this while playing host to a group of Nigerian senators in London where he is recuperating after undergoing knee surgery on Saturday declared support for use of direct primary as a means of selecting candidates of all political parties as contained in the newly passed Electoral Amendment Act.
The former governor noted that President Buhari submitted himself to direct primary in 2019 in all the wards in Nigeria and also subjected himself to a National Convention to ratify his election at the primary and heavens did not fall.
He said he once confronted the President about the issue of direct primary before the 2020 Edo governorship election.
“And quote me, I had cause to tell him at our National Caucus during 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” Chief Osoba stated.