The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has proposed a single term of six years for incumbent president and governors, just as he raised alarm that the independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC was dangerously drifting away.
According to Vanguard, Ike Ekweremadu, said this on Tuesday while speaking at the retreat organised by the presidential Committee in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where he charged the Constitution and Electoral Reform Committee to help restore the fast declining independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC as that would help preserve the nation’s democracy.
According to him, it has become imperative to go for a single term of office as that would go a long way in reducing the desperation of incumbents, which in turn defiles the electoral process and endangers democracy.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Uche Anichukwu, Senator Ekweremadu, expressed worries that “Nigeria is sadly on the part of decline in its leadership role in Africa in almost all sectors, including electoral system”.
Thus he suggested that a single term of office would reduce desperation and impunity by politicians as well as the conduct of party primaries by the INEC to reduce the life and death struggle by politicians for control of party machinery.
He further explained that that the essence of the amendments to Sections 81 and 156 of the 1999 Constitution by the National Assembly in 2010 was to guarantee the financial autonomy and neutrality of INEC.
“The word ‘Independent’ in the name of our Election Management Body, INEC, is critical and must be defended and preserved if our democracy must survive,” he said