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Lawmakers Table Six-Year Single Tenure Proposal for President and Governors

In a bold move aimed at improving governance and addressing key issues in the Nigerian political landscape, a group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives has proposed significant amendments to the 1999 Constitution.

Led by Ikenga Ugochinyere, the member representing Ideato Federal Constituency, the Reform Minded Legislators have put forward a proposal advocating for a six-year single tenure for both the President and the 36 state governors.

The group believes that implementing a single tenure will have several positive impacts on the nation. First and foremost, it is expected to reduce the exorbitant costs associated with governance and election campaigns. By cutting down on the frequency of elections, valuable resources can be redirected towards developmental projects that will benefit the citizens. Moreover, a single tenure will promote unity, ensuring a seamless transition of power that fosters continuity and uninterrupted development.

The proposal also aims to tackle various challenges in the electoral process. It seeks to ensure an independent and impartial Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that can effectively carry out its duties. Furthermore, the Reform Minded Legislators believe that the efficient use of state resources will be enhanced through this amendment, curbing nepotism and corruption in electoral processes.

To strengthen the representation of Nigeria’s diverse regions, the lawmakers have suggested the creation of two Vice Presidential positions. One Vice President would hail from the Southern region, while the other would come from the Northern region. The first Vice President would serve as a Succession VP, ready to assume the presidency in case of the President’s incapacitation. The second Vice President would hold the crucial role of Minister in charge of the economy, ensuring a focused approach to economic development.

Additionally, the group proposes an amendment to the Electoral Act 2022, which would synchronize all governorship elections to be held on the same day. This change aims to streamline the electoral process, making it more efficient and less prone to manipulation.

Another notable proposal put forth by the Reform Minded Legislators is the rotation of executive powers among Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones. This measure seeks to ensure equal representation and reduce the agitation for state creation by providing fair opportunities for different regions to hold executive positions.

In line with their commitment to accountability and good governance, the lawmakers also advocate for the financial autonomy of Local Government Councils. They propose the establishment of an independent Consolidated Local Government Council Account, exclusively overseen by Local Councils. To deter any misappropriation of funds, the proposal suggests imposing long-term imprisonment for misuse of Local Government funds.

The proposal for a six-year single tenure for political office holders, which has garnered attention in the past, is once again in the spotlight. Prominent opposition figures such as Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi have previously called for a single tenure for the office of the President, particularly after their defeat in the 2023 presidential election to Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC). However, previous attempts to implement a single tenure have been rejected by both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

As this proposal makes its way through the legislative process, it remains to be seen how it will be received and whether it will gain the necessary support to become a constitutional amendment. One thing is certain: the Reform Minded Legislators have ignited a significant discussion on the future of governance and electoral reforms in Nigeria.

Efecha Gold
Efecha Gold
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