5-year single term presidency better for faster power…

5-year single term presidency better for faster power rotation, says Atedo Peterside

*… urges Nigerian youths to occupy local politics

Atedo Peterside

By Miftaudeen Raji

Convener of Go Republic of , a civic education and good governance initiative, Mr. Atedo Peterside, has called for a referendum to implement a five-year single of office policy for the Nigerian presidency. He said the idea would make power rotation go round the six geo- zones of the country faster.

Peterside, the Founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, spoke as guest on a public affairs , The Discourse, monitored by our correspondent on Classic FM.

He said eight-year two terms could still be allowed for governorship, and state houses of assembly.

Peterside, who lamented that badly-informed leaders have negatively affected the nation’s economic , said an eight-year two terms had encouraged what he described as “unseriousness and wastage of state ” by political office holders.

Noting that better and leaders are critical to change, Peterside said of the 2023 elections, Nigerian should begin to look out for leaders with the to improve the system and economy, in line with the current global economic markets and the Federal Republic of Nigeria new realities.

Challenges youth

Meanwhile, Peterside, a member and ardent campaigner for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has appealed to the Nigerian youths not to be discouraged by godfatherism, high cost of party’s nomination form, other challenges, as it is currently playing out in the mainstream political parties.

He the youths to, rather, join parties that offer them better fighting chance and focus on the grassroots political leadership positions in the local government and houses of assembly, where they could make significant impact on their respective constituencies.

He said: “Join political parties and be an active member, adding value. We need to fight political and voter apathy.

“Our has discovered that people don’t come out to vote because they are not happy with certain candidates. Everybody needs to get involved in party politics in large volume to who eventually as party candidates.

“No one seems to be looking forward to taking position of a , chairman and constituency representative. Grassroots politics in different parts of Federal Republic of Nigeria could be peculiar.

“Different localities could have their peculiar issues. What is in Taraba could differ from what obtains in Lagos or states.

“The quality of what you do in such positions overtime make you appear as a national figure. You rise through the ranks in politics.

“It is important to examine your leadership capacity and sellability locally and nationally,” he added.


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