Abuja: Opposition parties in Nigeria are
campaigning against Goodluck Jonathan`s proposed six-year
single tenure limit for president and governors, alleging that
it was a "ploy" by the president to stay longer in power.
President Jonathan had earlier proposed that terms of
elected executives should be restricted to single tenure to
avert corruption that stems from their quest to retain power
after the first term.
The six-year single tenure plan is about to be
proposed as a Bill by the oil-rich African country`s president
But, his leading opponent in the April presidential
election that saw him elected for four year`s term, General
Muhammadu Buhari said it was a ploy by the president to stay
longer in power even as Jonathan had said he would not benefit
from the proposal.
Buhari was the northern presidential candidate of
Congress for Peoples Change (CPC) which lost to Jonathan
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the presidential election.
Another opposition party with a large followership
from the south-west, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) said
the planned Bill would be "patently fraudulent, deceptively
self-serving and a terrible misadventure."
"The single-term project is fraudulent because the
president never for once promised Nigerians, during his
electioneering that this would be his priority project if
elected into office," ACN said.
Jonathan had said that he will send a Bill to the
country`s parliament seeking for single term tenure for
president and 36 governors in the oil-rich African country.
The Bill if passed into law will take effect in 2015.
Nigeria, Africa`s most populous country returned to
democracy in 1999 after several years of intermittent military
incursion into politics and since then elections have been
conducted every four years.