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Nigerian Lawmakers Propose 6-year Single Tenure For President, Two Vice Presidents

They argue that this measure will ensure equal representation and reduce the desperation and intense agitation for the creation of new states

A group of 35 Nigerian legislators from the country’s lower House are proposing a six-year single term for the president and the rotation of executive powers among the country’s six geopolitical zones in new constitutional amendments sought on Monday.

According to local media, the proposal includes the establishment of two vice presidents, who will both serve as ministers. Governors would also be limited to one six-year term under the proposal.

“The proposed bills seek to amend the Constitution to create the office of two vice presidents from the southern and northern parts of Nigeria. The first vice president shall be a succession vice president, while the second vice president shall be a minister in charge of the economy, and both shall be ministers,” Ikenga Ugochinyere, a spokesperson for the group is quoted to have said at a news conference.

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They argue that this measure will ensure equal representation and reduce the desperation and intense agitation for the creation of new states.

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It is not yet clear if the bills will pass the Nigerian Senate. Currently, Nigeria’s constitution allows a four-year tenure of two terms for an elected president and Governors of federal states.

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