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National Assembly adopted direct primary to curb imposition, says Bamisile

By Ayodele Afolabi (Ado-Ekiti) and Mohammed Yakubu (Lagos)
02 November 2021   |   3:44 am
A member of the House of Representatives and All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Femi Bamisile, has said that the National Assembly chose direct mode of primary to checkmate impunity and imposition by political parties...

Says signing Electoral Act amendment bill will be Buhari’s greatest legacy

A member of the House of Representatives and All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Femi Bamisile, has said that the National Assembly chose direct mode of primary to checkmate impunity and imposition by political parties in the process of selecting their candidates.

Bamisile, who commended the Ninth National Assembly for speedy passage of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, said that assenting to the bill would be President Muhammadu Buhari’s best legacy for Nigerians.

The lawmaker also urged governments to proffer solution to youths’ unemployment and its direct negative impacts on security, revealing that he had sought federal employment for 52 jobless graduates in his constituency within the last two years.

The representative of Gbonyin/Emure/Ekiti East Federal Constituency stated these in Omuo-Ekiti, yesterday, while distributing federal appointment letters to 10 youths and rounding off the free petrol scheme to commercial motorcycle riders across the state.

He said: “The bill passed by the National Assembly has changed the dynamics of politics in the country, where a few are put together to select a candidate that would represent a whole, which was undemocratic.

“If signing the bill into law is the only legacy Nigerians will get from President Muhammadu Buhari, they will be happy, because it represents giving power back to the people. Before you can become anything, you have to return to the grassroots and consult with them.”

Bamisile, while addressing the new federal employees, urged them to be dedicated to duties, adding that the opportunity will help in reducing poverty among Ekiti residents.

The APC chieftain commended Governor Kayode Fayemi for his excellent performance in the last three years, saying this will also help the APC to triumph in the coming governorship election.

Bamisile described the parallel executives composed by a pro-Tinubu group called South-West Agenda for 2023 (SWAGA) in Ekiti as an after-thought, saying the party won’t lose sleep over this.

MEANWHILE, a 33-year-old Adetunji Adebowale from Constituency I, Alimosho Local Council of Lagos State, has called for youths’ active participation in politics.

Adebowale, who is seeking to contest for political office in 2023 under the APC, talked about the heated restructuring debates going on in the country, saying: “Our problem is not restructuring. When things go wrong, it is simply because someone somewhere is not doing the right thing.” According to him, bad people should not be identified in line with their ethnicity and religion.