Afenifere, Balarabe, Ubani laud Reps for rejecting Bill seeking 6-year single term for President, governors

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…Its a ploy for third term agenda, Afenifere

By Ayo Fadimu

The Pan Yoruba socio cultural group, Afenifere has described the rejected bill seeking 6 year single term tenure for President and governors  as an hidden agenda by the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari to introduce third term into the country’s constitution.

The Spoksman of the group, Chief Yinka Odumakin in an exclusive chat with Nigerian NewsDirect said the bill if passed can be another way smuggle the third term agenda into the constitution.

“If the bill is passed, the legislators can be compromised to say lets start implementation with the incumbent” Odumakin stated.

While analyzing the bill, he said the bill has its merits and demerits but insisted that restructuring of the country where power is dispersed to the federating units as the way out of the national problems confronting the country.

“Too much power is concentrated at the centre and this makes thepresident to have the power of live and death” Afenifere spokesman said.

On his part, the second republic governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa lauded the Lawmakers for rejecting the bill, he described  the action of the Lawmakers as an indication that there is hope for the country.

“The rejection of the bill shows that we can still rely on the National Assembly as the true representatives of the people” he said.

Alhaji Musa described the bill as unnecessary and saddening as it will make the President and governors lackadaisical and treat people with scorn.

In his reaction, a  former 2nd National Vice President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Barr Onyekachi Ubani lauded the actions of the lawmakers. He opined that second term for elected officers serves as referendum for their performance in the first term , hence he supports the arguments of the pro second term legislators. However, he admitted that the single six year tenure also has its merits. He called for reduction in the cost of electoral process which is caused by the desperation of the politicians to be in the public office because othe perks of the office

“Lets ensure a working system where checks and balance exists in the sytem and reduce cost of electoral process by making the elected and all public officials be accountable” Ubani adviced

Nigerian NewsDirect report that a Bill for an Act to alter the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to provide for a single term of six years for the President and governors failed to scale second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill also considered a six-year term for Members of the National Assembly and States Houses of Assembly.

Majority of the lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday rejected the bill which was sponsored by John Dyegh from Benue State.

John Dyegh argued that the bill was necessary to for members of theNational Assembly to gain more experience in six years years instead of four.

According to him, re-election for the President and governors cost three times more than the first election and is characterised by violence. He believes a single term of five years will curb the irregularities associated with re-election.

The lawmakers in disagreement with Dyegh pushed instead for a credible electoral process. They argued that the President or governor will be unable to make meaningful achievements if restricted to just a six year single term.

They added that the current tenure provides an opportunity for appraisal every four years