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Osunbor backs Jonathan on single tenure

By Emma Ovuakporie

ABUJA—FORMER Governor of Edo State, Senator Oserheimen Osunbor, yesterday, said Nigerians should not twist the six-year single tenure proposal to reflect a different thing as President Goodluck Jonathan has good intentions for the country.

Senator Osunbor, who is also a member of the Nigerian Law Commission, said: “I must admit that I was personally surprised by the amount of controversies generated on account of this suggestion by Mr. President. I am surprised because this is not a new idea.

“It is not something that has come out of the blues. It is an idea that has been with Nigerians for a very long time. I was privileged to be a member of the Constitutional Conference in 1994/95 and this was one of the several views that were canvassed at the conference. Ever since then it has been in the mind of Nigerians.

“Therefore, I want to think that some people have some ulterior motives in trying to twist this whole idea out of context.

“Section 14 of our Constitution provides that political offices should rotate amongst the various regions of districts in the country. The constitution of the PDP also stipulates that power should rotate between the North and the South. This was also canvassed at the Constitutional Confab.

“How do you ensure that power goes round? This is one issue that has agitated the minds of many Nigerians because as you know, people want to know when power is coming to their location— whether local government, senatorial district or geo-political zone.


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