No to 6-yr single term for president, govs – ACF, Afenifere

LAGOS—The six-year single term for President, Vice President, governors and their deputies being proposed by the Senate Committee on Constitution Review, has been rejected by the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere. They argued that it will not only encourage corruption but will also discourage good performance in public office. Their counterpart in the South-East, Ohanaeze, which articulates the socio-cultural views of Ndigbo, is however in full support of the recommendation, saying it is in line with the desire of Ndigbo.

In the committee’s recommendations which would bar President Goodluck Jonathan and incumbent first term governors from re-contesting their positions in the 2015 election, incumbent Vice-President and deputy governors are also to be precluded from elections to succeed their principals under the six-year single term, Vanguard has learnt.

Details of the Senate committee’s recommendations obtained by Vanguard, yesterday, also showed that the offices of the Minister of Justice and that of the Attorney-General of the Federation would be split to insulate the Attorney-General from political influence of the appointing president. Also to be split is the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, from which would be carved out a functional office of the Accountant-General of the Federation which would see the latter restricted to handling accounts of the Federal Government.

Besides, a number of other constitutional items now held as being on the exclusive legislative list including railways and minimum wage would be carved out to a concurrent legislative list, Vanguard learnt.


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