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Electoral Process Reform Is More Important Than Rotational Presidency — Tanko

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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.

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

Mr Tanko 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 of amending 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 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,” Mr 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 , 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.

Mr 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..”

NAN reports 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 geo-political 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.

SourceNAN

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