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Reps seek 6-year tenure for president, zonal rotation, 2 VPs

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A group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives are seeking alterations to the 1999 Constitution to pave the way for the rotation of the Presidency among the six geo-political zones of the country.

They also want an amendment to the Constitution to provide for “a single tenure of six years for the President and Governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

On behalf of the group, the member representing Ideato North/South Federal Constituency, Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere, said the proposed some amendments to the 1999 Constitution would improve governance.

The group, the Reform Minded Legislators, said its proposals on the political and electoral reform bills, now going for second reading, would help reduce the cost of governance and campaigns, unite the country, ensure a seamless transition, continuity, uninterrupted development, justice, equity, independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), efficient use of state resources, tackle nepotism, state capture, and corruption in electoral processes.

The lawmakers also sought the creation of offices for two Vice Presidents, one each from Northern and Southern regions.

According to them, the first Vice President, would be a “Succession VPM, while the second VP would be a Minister in charge of the economy, and both shall be ministers.

The group also proposed an amendment to the Electoral Act 2022 to ensure that all governorship elections are held on the same day.

The group said to be made of about 30 lawmakers also proposed “constitutional alteration to provide for the rotation of executive powers among the six geopolitical zones to ensure equal representation and reduce the desperation and tempo of agitation for the creation of states”.

Other proposals are: “Constitutional Amendment to provide that the President and the 1st Vice President shall come from the same part of the country (north or south) and the 1st Vice President shall become President whenever the President becomes incapacitated, i.e., V.P. (Succession), V.P. (Administration and Economy)

“The financial autonomy and accountability of Local Government Councils by prescribing an independent Consolidated Local Government Council Account solely superintended by Local Councils and prescribing long-term imprisonment for any misuse of Local Government funds”, they proposed.

The proposal for a six-year single tenure for political office holders as against the double terms of four years each had made the headlines in the past.

Leading opposition figures like former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and former Governor Peter Obi called for single tenure for the office of the President after they lost the 2023 presidential poll to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives had in the past thrown out bills for a single term for political office holders.

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