The Nigerian House of Representatives today rejected a bill seeking to give governors, presidents, and even the lawmakers six years single term in office, the bill sponsored by John Dyegh from Benue state scaled through the second reading at the plenary session today but was kicked against by some of the lawmakers.
The argument of the supporters of the bill was that it will save the government money used in conducting elections after the expiration of the first term since they have now had an additional two years in office.
Some of the argument of the lawmakers against this bill is that there is nothing wrong with our constitutional four years tenure but what we should really be looking at is how to make the elections credible and less expensive.
MY TAKE ON THIS ISSUE
For the sponsors and supporters of this bill, are they insinuating that the Nigerian government sponsors the elections of individuals into the various posts across the country? Because that is only when the government will benefits from the savings on the elections. And if they are thinking about the spending done by the federal government on INEC during the conduct of elections, that is a necessary evil that any country cannot avoid, so no need for elongation of tenure in office.
Another is that what should the citizens do in the first three years of non- performance of the elected candidate? Or should they wait till six years before they can be forced out of office by elections?
If this bill scaled through and the elected candidate have the chance at a second term, by the time he is done with his second term, that will make a total of twelve years, which is equivalent to the third term assuming the four years per term, thereby achieving their term agenda through another means.
Well, what are your views on this?