The National Rescue Movement (NRM) has said that it would adopt direct primaries to elect its flag bearers in the 2019 general elections.
The party’s National Chairman, Saidu Dansadau, disclosed this to NAN at the side lines of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party on Monday in Abuja.
Dansadau described direct primary as the best method of electing candidates of political parties in any election, saying it was capable of eliminating rigging and other electoral irregularities.
“The NRM is going to do direct primaries to elect its candidates for various elective positions for 2019 general elections.
“NRM believes that indirect primary is always characterised with corruption, impunity and not the best way of electing party’s flag bearers.
“This is why we are going for direct primary to ensure that the people’s candidates are presented for the elections through credible primaries.’’
The chairman said that as a party with national interest, love for youths and women, cost of NRM’s forms for all elective positions would be between N100, 000 and N500, 000.
He said that the decision was in line with a recent “Not-Too-Poor-To-Run’’ campaign launched by the party.
“It is a campaign where poor people can come to our party to run for elective positions with our forms selling between N100, 000 to less than N500, 000, including the presidential election.
“We also resolved to give our forms free of charge to women and People-Living-With-Disabilities (PLWD).
“Our forms are not to make profit, but just mainly administrative charges to take care of necessary expensive.’’