Hon. Yusuf Just Passed New Bill To Limit Serving Terms Of Leaders


Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Lasun Yusuf has announced that he is sponsoring a Bill which suggest that no persons acting as president or governor should serve more than one term of four years in office.

The Hon. supported that only a president or governor who served for a period of two years (in cases where the person replaces a leader who has died, resigned or impeached) would be eligible to contest another four-year term instead of two terms of four years.

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Honourable Yusuf who is the chairman of the special Ad hoc Committee on the review of the 1999 constitution in the House disclosed this through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Wole Oladimeji.

He read out content of the new bill which said,

“The Bill suggest that no person who had held office of president or governor of a state or acting 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.” 

“And by virtue of the combine provisions of sections 137(1)(b) and 182(1)(b) of the constitution, the president of Nigeria 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 governor. These include when the president or a governor resign dies or is impeached.”

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Mr. Oladimeji revealed that the bill which had scaled the first reading on the floor of House of Rep. was to give constitutional protection to the two terms tradition.