Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike has vowed to proceed to court if dictator Buhari assents the recently passed Electoral Amendment Bill.
Wike made this known on Thursday, November 11, whilst delivering a speech during a special court session in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital to usher in the beginning of the 2021/22 Legal Year.
The Rivers Governor questioned clause 87 of the amended bill which compels political parties to adopt the direct primaries in presenting candidates for elections.
Governor Wike expressed disapproval, insisting that political parties ought to be allowed to conduct their affairs the way they consider appropriate.
“If Mr President gives assent to the bill, we will have to challenge it in court with reference to the issue of direct primaries.
“Our position is that the clause interferes with the internal affairs of political parties. Parties should be left to choose the method of electing their candidates.”
This development is happening just few days after both the House of Representatives and the Senate endorsed the report of the conference committee on the 2010 Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
Sources say that the contentious bill could be transmitted to dictator Muhammadu Buhari by next Monday for assent.