The 2023 Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has made some recommendations that would strengthen the country’s democracy and political institutions.
Speaking at a World Press Conference in Abuja on Monday in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling on the 2023 presidential election, Obi recommended a five-year term with a 30-year rotation system.
According to the LP presidential candidate, the five-year presidential term should apply to each of the six geopolitical zones in the country.
Obi’s proposal also comes in response to a recent press conference by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who proposed a constitutional amendment to establish a six-year term for the president.
The LP flagbearer opined that such an amendment to the Constitution would result in a functional and productive framework for Nigeria, including the introduction of a single system of property ownership.
He said: “I thank (former) Vice President Atiku Abubakar for his stand and his commitment to ensure that things work better in Nigeria going forward, but I somewhat disagree.
“I am going for a five-year term, which if rotated will last 30 years – for a five-year term.”
The former governor of Anambra State further proposed the implementation of a quasi-system that would enable incumbent leaders to participate in the legislature simultaneously.
Obi also stated that there was a need to put in place a mechanism for leaders to be accountable to the public through regular question and answer sessions.
He added: “And I will still campaign for one thing: if we cannot go back to the issue of parliamentary democracy, we must have a quasi-system that our elected leaders, whether they are Prime Minister or President , will enable it to be part of parliamentary democracy. of the legislator, especially to answer the question.
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“Maybe a question from the president or the prime minister, instead of hiring surrogates. We want to hear now from the people we have elected, and that is critical. We cannot continue the way we are doing now, where people have outsourced leadership.”
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