I Don’t Support the Amended Electoral Law Allowing Direct Primaries – Gov Ortom

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By Isaac Kertyo, Makurdi

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed disgust over the amended electoral law by the National Assembly which allows direct primary elections by the Nigerian political parties.

Ortom who made the declaration at the Makurdi International Airport while fielding questions from Journalists shortly after he returned from Abuja, described it as capital intensive and cumbersome process.

His words: ” The amended electoral law to some of us I do not support it due to its capital intensive nature”.

The Governor pointed out that indirect primary is less expensive and easiest process hence the need to revert to the old order for speedy growth of the nation.

Ortom, however noted that the People’s Democratic party, PDP, is ready to mobile its members at the grassroots level to participate in the process to nominate people who would fly the party’s flags.

He continued: ” We are very committed, we will mobile our members at the grassroots to elect party’s flag bearers who would fly PDP’s flags”.

It could be recalled that the National Assembly recently amended the electoral law which makes it mandatory for political parties to adopt direct primaries in the course of nominating candidates.

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