The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has condemned an alleged plan by the NationalÂ Assembly to insert a new clause that will regulate political parties’ primaries,Â into the Electoral Act.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed and madeÂ available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, the partyÂ described the move as “a wrong one and a damper on the nationâ€™s democracy.”
“This is wrong. It is not for the National Assembly or INEC to tell all politicalÂ parties how to conduct their primaries.
“Democracy cannot grow through such regimentation. We reject it in its entirety,â€Â the party said in the statement.
It urged state Houses of Assembly to reject the insertion of such clause in the Act,Â saying that the move was not only undemocratic but could rob parties of theÂ opportunity to determine how their candidates would emerge.
“If you say that all parties must conduct their primaries in the 774 localÂ government areas and the 36 states, who will provide the fund?,” it asked.
The party said the issue of determining the candidates to fly the partyâ€™s flagÂ varied among the political parties and could not be done in accordance withÂ prescriptions by the National Assembly or INEC.