We Can’t Use This Process To Elect Leaders – Jonathan Kicks Against Parties Primaries

Goodluck Jonathan not yet a member of APC - Bayelsa APC chairman speaks

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described political parties primaries across the country as a mess and an unqualified process for the election of leaders.

Various parties ahead of the 2023 general election, have commenced primaries to pick candidates to fly party tickets.

So far, the process across states have been marred with troubles with many party faithfuls being aggrieved and defecting to other parties.

Reacting to the development, Jonathan said the current process adopted by parties have failed as it does not meet standards.

Jonathan who was speaking in Abuja on Thursday, at a book launch said;

“These whole primaries going on across the country is a mess. This is not a standard practice. The process has failed.

“We cannot use the process to elect president, governors, senators and House of Representatives members and others.

“The process is already failed, which is not good for the country. But we will manage and move on.

“We pray that good people should come. I hope that what happened this year, 2022 will not happen again in this country.”

“The National Assembly can’t make laws and lock all political parties together. Parties have different ways of nominating candidates and the process is enshrined in their constitutions.

“Creating a situation where all parties must have the same way of selecting candidates is nonsense. Parties are not parastatals of government.

“The National Assembly can’t make laws to strangulate political parties. Section 84 should be expunged from the Electoral Act.”

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