ACF Kick Against Six Year Single Term For President, Governors
Northern leaders under the aegis of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has kicked against the proposed inclusion of a six year single term tenure for president and governors in the Nigerian constitution as proposed by the Senate committee reviewing the 1999 constitution which is undergoing amendment by the National Assembly
The group in a statement today by its National Publicity Secretary, Anthony N.Z Sani said, “the attention of Arewa Consultative Forum has been drawn to the reported recommendations for provision in the constitution for single tenure of six years for president and governors by the senate. Such a provision is counterproductive because it cannot further the cause of good governance that comes with purposeful leadership, especially when regard is paid to the fact that it lacks the basic elements of motivation and incentives needed in any management of human affairs.
“In the single tenure system, there are no incentives, motivation and reward for excellent performance. And this is because the good, the not-so-good and the feckless are grouped together without any distinction. Such practice cannot deliver on good management. And that may explain why most countries in the world practice multiple tenure systems which enable leaders to aspire for excellence in the hope of reward by way of re-election.
“Those countries which put limit on their multiple tenure like America do so for purpose of deliberate allowance of ingress of fresh hands into leadership and governance. That is to say there is allowance for motivation and incentives that inspire excellent performance and for fresh blood into governance in multiple tenure.
“As to the fear of abuse of incumbency prevalent in our clime, it is to be noted that countries device their own ways of curtailing such abuses. While developed democracy have mobilized their citizens to make judicious use of their democratic rights and ensure their votes count, some developing countries have sand bags placed on the path of abuse of incumbency. For example, Chile has multiple tenure which are not consecutive. That is to say, no candidate is allowed to conduct elections in which he is a candidate. And that was why the extremely popular President in the person of Madam Michel could not contest the last presidential elections in Chile.”
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