Members of the house of representatives have rejected a six-year single term for the president and governors. They also declined consent to an attempt to increase their tenure and that of state legislators from four to six years.
The bill seeking to alter the 1999 constitution suffered a similar fate in the seventh national assembly.
Joke Adisa reports that sponsor of the bill, John Dyegh, proposed that instead of two tenures of 4 years each, the President and state governors be made to be in office for a single six year tenure.
A few members aligned with the bill believing that it will reduce the huge amount of money spent on elections every four years. But it is dead on arrival as majority of the members pick holes in the proposed amendment
The same bill sponsored by former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, was thrown out in the seventh National Assembly.
Also at Plenary, INEC is given the go ahead to find a replacement for late Jafaaru Iliyasu. Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila made this known in a letter to INEC and read by Presiding Officer, Ahmed Wase
Until his death on December 2, Iliyasu represented Magama/Rijau federal constituency of Niger state.