The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has lamented the outcome of the last National Assembly election where several members lost.
Mr Gbajabiamila, during an interaction with the House of Reps press corps on Tuesday, said several members were judged by religious and ethnic factors and not performance.
“I used the word ‘lucky’ deliberately because this election was not as it should be; not so much about the performance of members whether on the floor or in their constituencies,” he said while speaking on the February 25 election.
He noted that several members did not even make it beyond the primaries. He noted that the proposed direct primaries would have addressed the issue.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had rejected the direct primary clause in the electoral bill following protests by APC governors.
Gbajabiamila noted that the Electoral Act must be perfected by the lawmakers.