Festus Keyamo Agrees with Atiku Abubakar on 6 Years Single Tenure

Festus Keyamo

Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) has agreed with Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar on the 6 years single tenure bill.

The bill which seeks to give those politicians aspiring for elective positions opportunity to rule for only one term of 6 years was thrown out of the Senate on Tuesday.

However, Atiku Abubakar believes that the bill would go a long way to reduce election malpractice and other electoral offences.

The statement the former Vice President issued to this effect on Wednesday read in parts:

“In view of the challenges facing our current democratic order, especially the culture of rigging that subverts the will of the people, the six-year single term would have ended such untoward practices in our electoral process.

“The desperation for the second term by the incumbents is the main reason why they go for broke and set the rule book on fire, thereby making free and fair elections impossible by legitimizing rigging at the expense of their challengers that have no access to public funds.

“A situation where the incumbents deploy more public resources to their second term projects than using the funds for people’s welfare encourages massive rigging that undermines electoral integrity.

“Six-year single term would remove such desperation and enable the incumbents to concentrate on the job for which they were elected in the first place.”

In reaction to Atiku's statement, Festus Keyamo who belonged to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) agreed with Atiku urging the National Assembly to pass the bill into law.

"At last! finally, we can find a common ground for agreement b/w the actors of the 2 major parties. I agree with this and I know most of my party members do too. So, parliamentarians, please let’s do it, with a CLEAR provision that the present President & Governors will not benefit", he tweeted.

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