Gbajabiamila gives reasons for supporting direct primaries
Gbajabiamila has revealed why he believes direct primaries should be the only way for political parties to choose candidates to run in elections.
Direct primaries, according to the Speaker, would offer better accountability and proper representation because political office holders would not be limited to pleasing a small set of delegates, but would strive for the greater good of their party members, and by extension the electorate.
Besides. Gbajabiamila stated that many Nigerians, particularly youngsters, want to fully participate in the election of individuals who will represent them, starting at the grassroots level, which prompted him to support the cause.
While hosting a delegation of Nigerian youths on a thank-you visit for his role in the direct primaries led by Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, the Speaker stated that he prefers a situation in which the political space is open for all, including the youths, to fully participate.
Gbajabiamila stated that while some members of the political class may object to the arrangement, the bulk of the people support direct primaries, which he claims will allow them to choose who will represent them.
Gbajabiamila elaborated on some of the reasons, saying, “If I know that my return will be dependent on a few men, I may not care about you.”
But if I know that my return is contingent on my ability to account for myself and represent the people, I will do the right thing.
It is critical that one generation pass the baton of leadership to the next. Every Nigerian must be able to actively engage in the leadership process. As a result, I support Direct Primary.”
“That’s why I’ve stated in several forums that I support direct primaries.” This is something we must do for the good of the institution.
When you (as youngsters) come together, you have a good chance of winning. Democracy is a form of popular government. A general election is not all that democracy entails. It all starts with the fundamentals.”
He stated that the youths are the greatest asset of any nation, not just Nigeria, and that they are one of the reasons why politicians exist.”
He claimed that Nigerian teenagers are excelling in a variety of fields other than politics.
As a result, the Speaker exhorted Nigerian youths to “take advantage of the new amendment,” as he put it “Power isn’t handed out on a plate.
Dare, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, had earlier stated that they were in town to thank the Speaker for moving the amendment for direct primaries, which he claimed would better accommodate Nigerian young in politics.
Dare, who led a group of roughly 20 young people, stated, “I want to thank the Hon. Members and the House for their support during the last two years of our stewardship.” I’d also like to express my gratitude for your support for our country’s youth.
“Between 65 and 70 percent of our population is under the age of 25.” As a result, we cannot overlook the youth. On behalf of the Nigerian youth, I implore you to continue to support youth development.
Miss Patience N. Eze, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Youth Congress, praised the Speaker for working for the Nigerian youths in several ways, particularly on the topic of direct primaries.
She expressed her gratitude by saying, “I want to thank the Speaker for what you’re doing for the youths.” We applaud you for advocating for direct primaries, which we believe will give youths a chance.
I tell you that, with the help of people like you, we will seize the opportunity. We also request that funds be directed toward the development of young people.”