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Nigerian lawmakers seek six-year single tenure, rotational presidency

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Thirty-five members of the House of Representatives have proposed a bill for an act demanding the constitutional alteration to provide for the rotation of executive powers among the six geopolitical zones.

According to them, this is to ensure equal representation and reduce the desperation and tempo of agitation for the creation of states.

The lawmakers, led by Ikenga Ugochinyere (PDP-Imo), made the call on Monday during a news conference at the National Assembly in Abuja.

He said the lawmakers were seeking the amendment of section III of the constitution to provide for the recognition of the division of Nigeria into six geopolitical zones.

Mr Ugochinyere added that they were also seeking a single six-year tenure for the president and governors in the country.

“The bill is also seeking a reduction in government spending and wastage, efficiency in governance, and national stability by providing a single term of six years for the president and governors.

“We want the creation of the office of two vice presidents from the southern and northern parts of Nigeria.

”The first vice shall be a succession vice-president, the second vice-president shall be a minister in charge of the economy, and both shall be ministers,” he said.

The lawmaker added that the financial autonomy and accountability of local government councils by prescribing an independent consolidated local government council account was germane.

He said this would be solely superintended by local councils and prescribed long-term imprisonment for misuse of local government funds.

Mr Ugochinyere said the bill would seek to amend the relevant sections of the Electoral Act to ensure that all elections at the federal and state levels were held on the same day, among other things.

The lawmaker said the bill, if it becomes an act, would ensure that all elections and election-related litigation are concluded within a period of six months.

According to him, this is before the swearing into office of the validly elected person for the office is contested.

“Ours is a commitment to building a united, stable, and prosperous nation. Nigeria can and must become a great and modern nation,” he added.

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