The news that the Nigerian Senate has edited the Electoral Act to make it mandatory for political parties to use direct primaries to elect their presidential candidate stunned many Nigerians.
According to Nairametrics, this suggests that the earlier practice of indirect primaries, which was essentially a political jamboree designed for the highest bidder, may have been phased out. According to some observers, this will widen the democratic space and maybe strengthen internal democratic procedures inside the parties.
This recent Electoral Act reform is likely to have come as a huge comfort to Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State and a potential candidate in the People Democratic Party presidential primary election.
What does this mean for Obi’ s chances in the 2023 election?
The new system will help him because party godfathers can no longer hijack primary election, and there won’ t be election malpractices.
Before it was nearly impossible for those who were not much popular or influential in the party to emerge as flagbearers from the system.
Under the indirect primary system, people like Peter Obi, who are brilliant, are frequently overlooked.
However, under the direct primary system, Obi has a chance because there will now be transparency in the party primaries.
One method Obi can use this new rule to his advantage is to mobilize millions of his followers across the country to participate in the ongoing PDP e- registration and receive their party membership cards.
Because it will no longer be about how influential you are, but how good you are in the eyes of the primary voters. This is the best chance for Peter Obi to emerge as the PDP’ s flagbearer.
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