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National Assembly Passes Bill to Restrict An Acting President/Governor To a Single Term


The National Assembly has passed a bill seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution and limit the tenure of a president and governor on acting capacity to a single term.


The bill passed a second reading in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The amendment bill is sponsored by Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasu, the Chairman, Special House Ad hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution.

The bill provides that no person who had held the office of president or governor of a state or acting as president or governor of a state for more than two years of a term to which some another person was elected president or governor, shall be elected to the office of president or governor of a state more than once.

If passed, an acting president or acting governor who served for more than two years in a four-year term shall only be eligible to contest election to the same office only once.

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