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2023: Catholic Archbishop faults delegate system, says best candidates may not emerge

2023 catholic archbishop faults delegate system says best candidates may not emerge

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale-Martins has faulted the delegate method being used by political parties in the country to choose party flag bearers, ahead of the 2023 general election.

Adewale-Martins said this in an interview with NAN in Lagos on Tuesday.

He said an arrangement where only a few party members are accorded the right to elect party standard-bearers would not give room for the best candidate to emerge and described it as utopian and defective.

Adewale-Martins expressed disappointment in moneybag politics and called for the removal of the clauses in the electoral laws that allow parties to select their flag bearers through delegates.

“There is a need for us to change the process with an open party member’s primary to make the process more acceptable and all-inclusive.

“Its fault is that a moneybag politician can buy the conscience of the delegates to do his bidding at the expense of the party and the polity. At the end, the worst candidate may emerge.

“If you feel the impulse of the people on what is happening; the kind of characters this lopsided process is manifesting, you will observe that the people are unhappy with the products of the process,’’ he said.

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