The President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, Yerima Shettima has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law.
Anaedoonline.ng recalls that President Buhari failed to sign the bill into law due to the compulsory use of direct primary to pick candidates.
In a letter sent to the National Assembly, Buhari said assenting to the bill may open up the electoral system to a series of litigations from party members and stakeholders.
He stated that the adoption of direct primaries violates the spirit of democracy and would fuel corruption as well as encourage the monetization of elections.
Speaking to reporters, the Arewa Youths president urged Buhari so sign the bill so his name will be remembered for good and for doing the bidding of Nigerians.
Shettima: “The fact of the matter is that our electoral system is not doing good at all. We must make sacrifices to make it improve. If we have to improve on it, then we have to change the pattern.
“I don’t know the reason why the president is thinking twice about this issue of electoral Act and I don’t know his fears.
“But, one thing I’m sure of is that, if he can take the bold step and be courageous enough, he would be remembered for good. I do not think it would be good for him not to do the bidding of Nigerians.
“From all indications, Nigerians want the electoral Act to be signed into law. I don’t know if it’s because of direct primaries or there are other reasons. For me, I will advise him to do it, so that his name will be remembered for taking advantage of what this opportunity has provided.”
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