The House of Representatives has rejected a bill seeking to provide a single term of six years for the president, governor, members of the National and States Houses of Assembly.
According to Channel News, the bill, sponsored by John Dyegh from Benue State, was rejected by majority of the lawmakers after its second reading at Tuesday’s plenary session.
John Dyegh debated that the bill was necessary for members of the National Assembly to gain more experience in six years instead of four.
According to him, re-election for the president and governors cost three times more than the first election,and is characterised by violence. He believes a single term of six years will curb the irregularities associated with re-election.
Opposing the debate, the lawmakers pushed for a credible electoral process. They argued that the president or governor will be unable to make meaningful achievements if restricted to just a six-year single term, and that the current tenure provides an opportunity for appraisal every four years.