- Many Nigerians want the country's democracy to reflect a system of six-year single tenure for presidents and governors
- Some of the respondents, though fewer in number, say they are comfortable with the current system of four-year double terms
- However, some of the respondents are demanding electoral reforms that would end malpractices during elections
Most Nigerians would rather be comfortable with a system of democracy that stipulates a single term of six years for presidents and governors, a poll has shown.
The survey carried out by Legit.ng showed many of the respondents saying they prefer a single term of six years for the two sets of elected political officeholders.
Legit.ng had reported that the House of Representatives recently rejected the bill seeking to provide for a single term of six years for the president and governors. The bill was sponsored by John Dyegh from Benue state.
On the media organisation’s social media handles, the question was asked: “Which tenure do you think is better for a president and governors in Nigeria?”
In their responses on Twitter, 45% of the respondents favoured a single term of six years for presidents and governors while 32% supported the existing system of double tenure of four years each.
While 19% of the respondents said they do not care about any of the systems, 5% said they are apolitical.
For Tobisreal Ajims, who responded on Twitter, the country will even be better with a single term of four years.
"A president or governor should only merit a second term when Nigerians can truly confirm that he performed exceptionally.
“When I say their performance, I mean their physical performance which means, the projects we Nigerians can see, not the projects we read on paper without execution,” he said.
On Facebook, 59% of the respondents said they are comfortable with a single six-year term for elected presidents and governors while 41% think the current system should continue to run.
In his explanation, a respondent on Facebook, Bernard Ibibo, said: “If they can have electoral reform to curb electoral malpractice and violence during elections that make citizens scared of voting, then we can have six years, one term.
“They should focus on the reasons why there is widespread violence during elections other than taking shortcuts. Elections are too expensive in Nigeria and it’s not supposed to be so.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, expressed displeasure with the speed with which the six-year single term proposal was rejected by the House of Representatives recently.
Reacting to the rejection of the bill by the House in a statement sent to his media adviser, Paul Ibe on Monday, December 17, Atiku said he is disappointed by the action of the lower house.
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