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Complete President’s term, contest only single term, House Committee rules in Constitutional amendment

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By Wole Oladimeji,Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker.
The House of Representatives Special Ad-hoc Committee on the review of the 1999 constitution has approved the Bill that prohibits a person who was sworn-in as president to complete the term of an elected president from contesting for the same office for more than a single term.
A Bill  For An Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 to restrict a person who was sworn-in as President to complete the term of an elected President from contesting for the same office for more than a single term; and for related matters
Alteration of sections 137 and 182 to provide that a person who is sworn in as President or Governor for a term for which another person was elected can only be swore in for only one term.
The Bill, if eventually passed by the two chambers it would ensure that nobody serves as President or Governor for more than eight years
At the meeting of the committee chaired by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Sulaimon Lasun Yussuff held last Wednesday, the concluded it’s assignment by approving and rejecting some the Bills referred to it by the House.
Over 40 Bills were deliberated upon by the committee, some of which were drawn from the Fourth Alteration, the report from the constitutional conference held in 2014 and the referrals from the House.
Speaking on the review exercise, Rt Hon Lasun Yussuff commended members for their efforts and commitment, adding that if the committee continues  like this, very soon the nation would be given a new constitution.
He however, directed it’s sub committee to meet the Senate committee and work out possible day that the two committee would meet to harmonize positions.

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