OrderPaperToday- The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has reiterated his proposal for a single term tenure on Presidential and Governorship positions.
The term would span for either five or six years.
According to him, it would help douse “political tensions,executive excesses that come with self-succession.”
He made these remarks in a post on his Instagram page on Wednesday.
He said: “The feverish political climate in the country today, once again, justifies the call by some of us for a single term of five or six years for the President and Governors.
“Although a renewable four-year term is popular, societies are dynamic and it is up to us to make necessary constitutional adjustments to safeguard our democracy and make periods leading up to our elections less toxic.”
He cited cases in the United States where, “for over 150 years, starting from George Washington up to Harry Truman, there was no term term limit for presidents of the United States of America. In fact, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) served four terms (although he died just 11 weeks into his fourth term). It was the 22nd Amendment, which was ratified on February 27, 1951, that gave birth to the two term limit for US presidents.
“Moreover, in the 19703, many Latin American democracies faced the same challenges we face in Nigeria today. As many of them transited from military and autocratic regimes to democratic regimes, they discovered that the politics of succession, including incumbents’ penchant for self-perpetuation, overheated their polities and threatened their democracies.”
He explained further: “They adopted the single term presidency until such a time their respective democracies matured and stabilised. Although virtually all of them have reverted to two-term presidency, Mexico still practices single term presidency, called Sexino. She also retained the Sexino in the 2014 constitution amendment.”
He indicated that his proposal with several transitional options was introduced during the constitution amendment exercise in the 7th National Assembly but was “unfortunately misunderstood by various political and sectional interests for various reasons and the proposal did not succeed.
“However, I strongly believe a single term of five or six years for President and Governors, even if for a stipulated period as was the case with several Latin American democracies, is something Nigerians should revisit after the 2019 general elections.”