Nigerian Lawmakers Propose Six year Single Term for President, Governor, Details Emerge

Nigerian Lawmakers Propose Six year Single Term for President, Governor, Details Emerge

  • Some Nigerian lawmakers, on Monday, June 10, proposed some amendments to the 1999 constitution which they believe will improve governance in the country
  • The group led by Ikenga Ugochinyere, the member representing Ideato federal constituency, Imo state, proposed a six-year single tenure for the President and the 36 state governors
  • reports that the group also suggested an amendment to the Electoral Act 2022 to ensure that all governorship elections are held on the same day journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering politics and public journalism in Nigeria.

FCT, Abuja - 35 house of representatives members are advocating an amendment to the 1999 constitution for a single term of six years for the president and governor.

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As reported by The Cable, the legislators, under the auspices of reformed-minded lawmakers, are also advocating a review of the constitution to provide for the conduct of all elections, from the local government to the presidency in one day.

Nigeria: 30 house of assembly members propose 6 years single term for president and governors
A little over 30 members of the house of representatives are proposing a single term of six years for the office of the president.
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This, they said, will save costs for the nation and reduce the expenditure of conducting the elections, while removing undue influence in the outcome of the elections.

The lawmakers addressed a press conference on Monday, June 10, at the national assembly, The Nation noted.

The lawmakers said they seek, among other things, to push for:

"Constitutional alteration to provide for the rotation of executive powers among the six geopolitical zones to ensure equal representation and reduce the desperation and tempo of agitation for the creation of states.

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“Amendment of section 3 of the constitution to provide for the recognition of the division of Nigeria into six geopolitical zones. Amendment of the Constitution to provide for a single tenure of six years for the President and governors of the federal republic of Nigeria. The reduction in government spending and wastage, efficiency in governance, and national stability by providing a single term of six years for the President and governors."

Reps move to create 2 offices of VPs

Earlier, reported that the house of representatives proposed establishing the positions of two vice presidents representing the Southern and Northern regions of Nigeria.

Ugochinyere emphasised the lawmakers' dedication to utilising legislative mechanisms to drive Nigeria's reform agenda, particularly in constitutional and electoral reforms.

He noted that discussions around these reforms have been ongoing since Nigeria gained independence from Britain in 1960.


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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at

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