Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu Advocates One-Term Presidency, Says It Less Costly

Ike Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President, Oke Ekweremadu has advocated a single-term presidency of give or six years for Nigeria snd other African countries to deepen democracy and good governance.

He believes that the single term four-year tenure is less costly because it will reduce cost of conducting general elections every four years.

Speaking on Tuesday while delivering lecture entitled: "Constitutionalism snd the Challenges of Leadership in Africa: an Evaluation of Tested Models"

The event was organized by the Center for Media and Peace Initiatives, a New York based international NGO to mark its 10th anniversary.

According Ekweremadu;

"A more modest proposal seeks not the abandonment of the presidential system per se but the redesigning of term limits for political chief executives.

" This is in order to reduce the acrimonious conflict, divisiveness and instability arising from partisan or factional competition for executive offices in the federation.

"I support the proposals to transform the current tenure of two four year terms into a single term of five or six years.

" Among other advertised benefits, single terms would avoid the distractions, manipulations and divisiveness of reelection campaigns while facilitating a more rapid circulation or rotation of power among various groups".

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