Thursday, 23 August 2018

Ekweremadu Restates Call For Single Term For President, Governors

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has reiterated his call for Nigeria to embrace single term tenure for those occupying executive positions at the state and federal levels.
Ekweremadu said this on his Facebook page

He noted that Nigeria's political atmosphere was getting into the mainstream of the 2019 general elections and that governance was taking a backseat.

He predicted that the atmosphere, with what he described as "the accompanying brazen political excesses," was not likely to abate the 2019 general elections.

He said, "The feverish political climate in the country today, once again, justifies the call of the president and governors.

"Although a renewable four-year term, we are in the process

"For over 150 years, starting from George Washington up to Harry Truman, there was no limit for Presidents of the United States of America.

In fact President Franklin Delano Roosevelt served his term. It was the 22nd Amendment, which was ratified on February 27, 1951, which gave birth to the two-term limit for US presidents.

He explained that when the Latin Americans discovered the penchant of incumbents for self-perpetuation, overheated their politics and their democracies, they adopted the term of their respective courts and matured and stabilized.

Ekweremadu said, "In Nigeria's case, we are proposing a single term for the President and governors with several national constitutional amendments to the National Assembly." Unfortunately, it was misunderstood by various political and sectional interests for various reasons. proposal did not succeed.

"However, I strongly believe in five or six years for President and governors," he added, "with several Latin American democracies, is something Nigerians should revisit after the 2019 general elections.

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