Reps Seeking For A Single Term For Acting President, Governor

A bill on the eligibility of an acting President or Governor for two terms of office passed second reading at the House of Representatives on Wednesday.The constitution amendment bill addresses a situation whereby the Vice-President or the Deputy Governor of a state takes over the office as acting President or acting Governor in the event of the death of the President/Governor, resignation, impeachment or permanent disability.

It provides that where the acting president or governor holds the office in that capacity for more than two years, he shall only be entitled to a single term of four years in the event of an election and not two terms of eight years. It provides that where the acting president or governor holds the office in that capacity for more than two years, he shall only be entitled to a single term of four years in the event of an election and not two terms of eight years. The bill was sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, who doubles as the Chairman, House Ad Hoc Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution.

His explanatory notes read, “No person who had held office of the 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.” It added, “The aim of the bill, which has scaled the first reading on the floor of the House, is to give constitutional protection to the two-term tradition.

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  1. Mr Chris Richard December 1, 2016

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