Reps To Bar Acting President, Governor From Second Term

The House of Representatives on Wednesday November 30, 2016 proposed to bar persons who have acted as president and governor for two years from seeking election to serve beyond one term of four years in office.

The bill, sponsored by the Deputy Speaker Sulaimon Lasun Yussuff specifically noted: “No person who has held office of president or governor of a state or acting as president or governor of a state for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected president or governor, shall be elected to the office of president or governor of a state more than once.”

 Lasun, who is also the chairman of the ad hoc committee on constitution review, explained that the aim of the bill is to give constitutional protection to the two-term tradition. He added that by virtue of the provisions of sections137(1)(b) and 182(1)(b) of the constitution, the president and governor of a state shall serve in those capacities for a maximum period of eight years.

He further argued that the constitution equally envisaged circumstances where a person can be chosen to act as president or governor, including when the president or a governor resigns, dies or is impeached.

If this proposed law had come into force before the 2015 presidential election, former President Goodluck Jonathan who spent part of the term of former President Umaru Yar’Adua after he died in office would not have contested for president. And this would have saved the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the crises that are now hobbling it.

The House also considered a bill aimed at ensuring that President Muhammadu Buhari and the 36 state governors of the federation attach portfolios of their ministerial and commissioner nominees.


Source: NAN

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