Thursday July 29, 2021 4:13 AM

Why Nigeria should adopt single term rotational presidency- Ekweremadu

Ex-Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has called  the amendment of the 1999 Constitution to reflect a single term rotational presidency.

He said this on Monday in Lagos while speaking at Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja Branch Law Week 2021 with the theme “The Nigeria of Our Dreams.”

It should be noted that Ekweremadu is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and Constitutional Amendment,

According to him,  he had long advocated for a single presidential term of five or six years.

“This will help us circumvent the distractions, manipulations, divisiveness, and excesses that come with the quest for a second term of executive offices.

“It will as well ensure that power rotates more frequently among the various sections and groups.

“If people are sure that it will get to them, the struggle for it by various sections will be less desperate.

“Besides, it is better if every President or Governor understands that he or she has only a single term to begin and complete all his or her good works,” he said.

He claimed that the system had worked for some Latin American democracies in the 1970s when they faced similar challenges of excessive struggle for power.

“Some others such as Mexico still operate a single term of six years,” he said.

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