Reps moves to bar acting president, governor from second term

House of Representatives
House of Representatives

A Bill seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution and limit the tenure of an acting president or governor to a single term, passed second reading at the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The amendment bill is sponsored by the deputy speaker and chairman, Special House Ad hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Yussuff Lasun.

The bill provides that no person who had held office of president or governor of a state, or acted as president or governor of a state for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected president or governor, shall be elected to the office of president or governor of a state more than once.

The aim of the bill‎ is to give constitutional protection to the two term tradition as contemplated by virtue of the combined provisions of sections 137(1)(b) and 182(1)(b) of the Constitution.

These sections provide that the president and governor of a state shall serve in those capacities for a maximum period of eight years.

“However, the Constitution equally envisaged circumstances where a person can be chosen to act as president or state governor, such as when the president or a governor resigns, dies or is impeached,” Mr. Lasun said.

If passed, an acting president or acting governor who served for more than two years in a four-year term, shall only be eligible to contest election to the same office only once.

This proposed amendment, the deputy speaker said, was inspired by the 22nd amendment to the constitution of the United States of America.

It provides that “no person shall be elected to the office of the president more than twice.

“And no person who has held the office of president or acted as president for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected president shall be elected to the office of president more than once,” Mr. Lasun added.

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  • Amir

    Good one. Never again shall we have a fortunato as president or governor.

    • share Idea

      Instead of you to worry why Northern dominated House is rushing to pass this bill when Buhari is at the helm of affairs. Nigeria we hail thee

      • Burbank

        That’s democracy.
        Live with it!

  • deeway

    Are this people planning to kill Board? Or did they suspect buhari is dying and will like to stop osinbajo?

    • aisha ani

      Hmmm! Good question, they probably know something we don’t.

  • thusspokez

    This proposed amendment, the deputy speaker said, was inspired by the 22nd amendment to the constitution of the United States of America.

    A nation of copycats and nincompoops who can’t think for themselves. Problem must exist before solution. This is a orphan solution which is not driven by any local problem situation but simply because some legislator thinks, it is ‘Nice-To-Have’ (NTH).

    • TC

      My thinking too, their constitution is unique to their history and situation why copying. See the mess they are in where 60mill > 62mill… and considered the people’s will (I dey laugh)…. maybe it’s where Fayose learned his math. No intelligence or for sight in our leaders its a shame they just copy just cause, without reason.

  • Dazmillion

    The Hausa Fulani elite is afraid of a repeat of JonaGate, in case the Duara man expires before 2019

    • aisha ani

      You are right on the money.

  • Angry Niaja

    There’s more to this, than meets the eyes, we all know that these bunch of legislooters are self serving, they NEVER have our interest at heart. So whatever this is, they are acting for themselves and on their behalf, no more no less. PMB/Osinbajo beware!!!