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A group of 35 lawmakers under the aegis of the Reform Minded Legislators in the House of Representatives is proposing a bill aimed at amending the 1999 constitution to allow for a rotational presidency among Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones, with a single six-year term for the president and governors.

Led by Ikenga Ugochinyere, representing Ideato South/Ideato North Federal Constituency of Imo State, the lawmakers are advocating for significant constitutional changes, including the recognition of Nigeria’s division into six geopolitical zones. They proposed to amend section three of the constitution to recognise the division of Nigeria into six geopolitical zones.

The proposed setup includes the establishment of two vice presidents, where the 1st vice president would serve as a succession vice president, and the 2nd vice president would double as the minister in charge of the economy. Both vice presidents would also serve as ministers.

The proponents said the proposal was also aimed at streamlining governance, reducing government spending, enhancing efficiency in governance, promoting national stability, and reducing the desperation and tempo of agitation for the creation of states.

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They also believed it would ensure a seamless transition, continuity, uninterrupted development, justice, equity, and independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Other proposals include the financial autonomy and accountability of local government councils by prescribing an independent Consolidated Local Government Council Account solely superintended by local councils. They also prescribed long-term imprisonment for any misuse of local government funds.

This initiative comes in the wake of previous proposals by lawmakers to explore alternative governance systems, including a return to the parliamentary system practiced during Nigeria’s First Republic. Lawmakers cite the flaws in the current presidential system and its historical ties to military rule as reasons for seeking change.

The lawmakers emphasised the imperfections of the current presidential system and the need for constitutional reforms to address these shortcomings and allow Nigeria to reach its full potential.