House of Representatives Proposes Six-Year Single Presidential Term and Zonal Rotation

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Proposed reforms include single six-year terms for Presidents and Governors, two vice presidents representing northern and southern regions, financial autonomy for Local Government Councils, synchronized elections, and expedited resolution of election disputes. The overarching aim is to promote unity, stability, and prosperity in Nigeria.

Thirty-five members of the House of Representatives have introduced a Bill for an Act proposing a constitutional amendment to institute the rotation of executive powers among the six geopolitical zones. They argue that this measure would ensure equitable representation and alleviate the fervor and frequency of demands for state creation.

Led by Rep. Ikenga Ugochinyere (PDP-Imo), the lawmakers made this proposal during a press conference at the National Assembly in Abuja on Monday. They advocate for amending Section III of the constitution to officially recognize Nigeria's division into six geopolitical zones. Additionally, they propose a single six-year tenure for the President and Governors to enhance governance efficiency and national stability.

The bill also calls for the establishment of two vice presidents from the southern and northern regions of Nigeria, with the first vice president being the successor and the second vice president serving as the Minister of Economy, both doubling as ministers. The lawmakers emphasize the importance of financial autonomy and accountability for Local Government Councils by mandating an independent Consolidated Local Government Council Account managed solely by Local Councils, with severe penalties for misuse of funds.

They aim to amend relevant sections of the Electoral Act to synchronize all elections at the federal and state levels to be held simultaneously. Moreover, they propose that all election-related disputes be resolved within six months to expedite the assumption of office by duly elected officials.

Their overarching goal is to foster unity, stability, and prosperity in Nigeria, envisioning a great and modern nation.