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Gbajabiamila speaks on Electoral Act amended bill

The House of Representatives says it will revisit the Electoral Act amended bill to decide whether or not to remove the direct primaries clause from the bill after it resumes from recess.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila stated this in Lagos during the inauguration of some projects in his constituency area.

The project inaugurated includes the Obele mini stadium, Dosunmu road, Adedoyin road, Ojikutu, Ishola road by randle, Rasaq Balogun mini stadium and the Razaq Balogun road, Adeniran Ogunsanya in Surulere, Lagos state.

President Mohammadu Buhari had declined assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, because he believed that the mandatory use of direct primaries for all political parties in the country may put a financial burden on the resources.

The President said the mandatory use of direct primaries may amount to the violation of citizens’ rights that may lead to more litigations by party members.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives noted that President Buhari refused to sign the bill based on advice but insisted that the direct primaries clause was meant to ensure Nigerians participated in the electoral process.

Mr Gbajabiamila also ruled out the possibility of the National Assembly vetoing the bill.

.Reporting by Wahab Akinlade; editing by Adeniyi Bakare