Former President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the ongoing political party primaries for the 2023 elections, describing them as a mess.
There have been reports of how aspirants have been inducing delegates to vote for them.
Daily Trust had reported how the son of Jonathan’s former deputy, Namadi Sambo, demanded a refund from delegates who collected his money but failed to vote for him.
Jonathan said it was disgraceful to induce delegates to get their votes and then request for refund after failing to secure tickets.
He spoke yesterday in Abuja at a book launch titled “Political Party Governance” authored by Dr Mohammed Wakil, a former Minister of State for Power.
Jonathan said: “These whole primaries going on across the country are a mess. This is not a standard practice. The process has failed.
“We cannot use the process to elect president, governors, senators and House of Representatives members and others.
“The process has already failed, which is not good for the country. But we will manage and move on.
“I hope that what happened this year, 2022, will not happen again in this country.”
The former president, therefore, urged the National Assembly to make laws to criminalise inducement of delegates and electorate.
He also asked the legislature to expunge from the Electoral Act the sections that state how political parties should select candidates for elections.
Jonathan 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.”