Rotational presidency not priority now – Obi-Datti

Yunusa Tanko, the Chief Spokesperson, Peter Obi/ Datti Baba-Ahmed Presidential Campaign Council for 2023, says  reforming the electoral process  is much more needed now  than the proposed single- tenure rotational  presidency, to deepen democracy.


Tanko, also a former National Chairman of the defunct National Conscience Party (NCP), said this in an with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.



He said reforming the electoral process would guarantee the emergence of credible leaders across all levels of government.


According to him,  deepening  democracy to guarantee emergence of credible leaders should be one of the key things to consider in the ongoing process to amend the constitution.


“These( single tenure of six years and  rotational presidency) are things that will be decided by the Nigerian people when the time comes.


“They are not  things that should be at the front burner of  discussions at the moment now.


“This is because what we need actually at the moment is for us to have an electoral reform that would dovetail into credible elections.


“Once we have that, we shall be talking about tenure of office,” Tanko said.


He said that the National Assembly should not focus on  tenure of office but deepening the electoral process to promote democracy.


“Let us reform the electoral system to l make it clean and clear so that we can have credible elections,” he said.


Also speaking with NAN, Alhaji Shettima Yerima, National President, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, said that  rotational presidency and single term of six years for the president and governors were good ideas.



He ,however,said  rotational presidency might not be consistent with  democratic principles.





Yerima, also  a rights activist, said: “it is good, the only problem I have with it is the rotational aspect of it. We must allow it to be democratic.


“He who has the number should take it, and he who does not produce the number should be patient and wait for his time.


“However, this is not really our problem, but it is good. One term for any leader to rule and get away..”


Recall that a bill seeking a single term of six years for the President and state governors was brought up recently by 35 members of the House of Representatives.


The bill also canvasses the rotation of the presidency among the six geopolitical zones of the country.


The 35 legislators, under the auspices of Reformed-minded Legislators, said both proposals  would lead to  reduction in the cost of governance.


The spokesman for the group, Rep. Ikenga Ugochinyere, added that the move would unite the country and ensure  seamless power transition and promote the development of  the country.

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