President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his intention to sign the Electoral Bill if changes are made to give options to indirect primaries.
The President stated this in an interview with Channels TV on Wednesday.
This comes after he defended its decision last month to not sign the Electoral Bill, stating that the Amended bill had legal, financial, economic and security consequences for Nigerians.
What President Buhari said
The President said that there must be options for primaries, as he stated, “We must not insist that it has to be direct; it should be consensus and indirect.
“There should be options, you can’t dictate to people and say you are doing democracy. Give them other options so they can make a choice.”
He added that he does not support direct primaries because he wants people to be given a choice, citing that the masses can’t be given only one option which he says is not democratic and urged for 3 options creating a proper consensus.
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