Primary elections in Nigeria a mess – Jonathan

Restructuring alone can't solve Nigeria's problems - Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described the ongoing primaries by political parties as scams.

Jonathan condemned the development in Abuja at a book launch titled: “Political Party Governance” written by former Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil.

Jonathan said it was despicable to induce delegates to get their votes only for aspirants to request a refund after failing to secure tickets, The Nation reports.

He 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 presidents, 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.”He urged the

National Assembly to make laws to criminalise the inducement of delegates and the electorate.

Jonathan also called for a review of the nomination and selection process of candidates for elections by political parties.

He said: “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.”

The former President did not make himself available for clarifications on his alleged controversial ambition to run again on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Some groups from the Northern part of the country obtained the APC presidential nomination and expression of interest forms for the former President.

He later disowned those who purchased the forms.