Tuesday’s House of Representatives rejected a bill aiming to provide president and governors with a continuous six-year term.
The constitutional amendment bill also aims to provide an unrestricted six-year term for national assembly representatives and assembly state houses.
At today’s plenary session, the bill, supported by Benue State John Dyegh, scaled second reading.
Nevertheless, several lawmakers kicked against the bill during the house floor debate, claiming that there was nothing wrong with the system currently operating in Nigeria.
Nevertheless, a few lawmakers like Edo state Sergius Ogun claimed that after the initial four-year term, they would save the nation the funds used to hold elections.
“This bill also seeks to save money for the second term expended on campaigns. This country and our democracy will be saved, “Ogun said.
According to Henry Archibong of Akwa Ibom State, the emphasis should be on enhancing the electoral process in Nigeria and not the amount of terms an elected official stay in office.
“How can we make electoral processes and elections credible and less expensive,” he asked. “This is the issue we ought to address and not the number of terms.”
Yusuf Gagdi from Plateau state concurred with him saying there is nothing wrong with the current system of four-year tenure with a limit of two tenures for the executive.
He added that in an ideal democracy, “you cannot ask the president to perform a six-year tenure and expect a good performance.”
“Our problem is our inability to respect our rules. Our democracy does not need six-year single term for the executive,” he said.
“What it needs it to maintain what is in place for the executive and national assembly. What we need is to improve our elections and ensure we have a system that will not fail Nigerians.
“It is not the time to say we will amend the tenure of the executive and the national assembly members.”Haruna Bello from Kano State also opposed the bill, saying it would fuel President Muhammadu Buhari’s term extension speculation.