Wike Attack Senate over Adoption of Direct Primary Mode
According to reports the Red Chamber on Tuesday approved that all political parties must use the direct primary for the election of candidates.
In an interview with reporters on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Wike asked the legislators not to decide for political parties, the method to be adopted in selecting candidates.
The governor stated that parties could adopt a procedure in electing their candidates and not for the National Assembly to decide for them.
Wike, while noting that Nigeria practices democracy, said the mode of primary should be at the discretion of political parties.
Speaking on the electronic transmission of results, Wike applauded the National Assembly for allowing INEC to determine the mode of transmission of election results.
The governor stated that the electronic transmission of results will reduce electoral fraud, apathy and election litigations.
He said: “Now that the result will be transmitted electronically, no way for rigging. Only those who support rigging are against results to be transmitted electronically.
“If any politician believes that he or she has done well for the people, you will know that that politician will not be afraid and will say ‘whichever way you want to transmit the result, I am available for it but I want it to be transparent.
“I want people to have confidence in the electoral system to help INEC so that nobody goes to attack INEC officials.”