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I reject six-year single tenure for president, govs, legislators- Rep Gagdi

The House of Representatives yesterday killed a bill seeking to provide for a six-year single term for the president, governors and members of the national and states houses of assembly. Six-year single tenure.

The House of Representatives yesterday killed a bill seeking to provide for a six-year single term for the president, governors and members of the national and states houses of assembly. The bill was sponsored by Hon. John Dyegh (APC, Benue).

Leading debate on the general principles of the bill, Dyegh informed that the need for the proposed legislation was borne out of the fact that a single term, especially for federal and state lawmakers, will allow them to have more experience instead of being rejected or re-elected every four years. The bill was seconded by Hon. Olajide Abdulraheem (APC, Lagos).

He argued that since 1999, the percentage of new members who lack institutional experience in law-making have been on the rise, which he reasoned is having a negative effect on the national and state houses of assemblies. According to him, some lawmakers have not been retained beyond a single term, adding that lawmakers require longer period in the parliament to garner experience.

Speaking on the tenure for president and governors, the lawmaker said the monies being spent on the four years periodic governorship and other elections would reduce. He said the six-year single term will help the president or governor to be more focused, more dedicated and the usual do or die battles for re-elections will be eliminated, while no lives will be lost and money will be saved. Six-year single tenure.

“Hon. Speaker, honourable colleagues, you will agree with me that the present four years + four years tenure of eight years is not helping matters. It is taking us backward. Practically speaking, the occupier of the seat spends only two years in the 1st tenure and the remaining two fighting re-election, which in Nigeria is many times more expensive than the first election and mostly dependent on lean resources of the state allegedly.

“In the second tenure, he spends two and a half years working on the remaining one and a half years preparing his exit/soft landing and installation of a successor. So the total times spent for actual work for the state is not more than four and a half years of the eight years.

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