Single tenure of 5 or 6 years enough in our democracy – Makinde

Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has advocated a single tenure of five or six-years for political office holders in the country.

The governor made the call Tuesday night while speaking at a dinner in honour of the National Executive of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), to flag off their retreat in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital. 

Makinde said a single tenure would allow them enough time to do everything they have in mind instead of thinking about second term.

“Here in Nigeria, every four years, just like most democracies around the world, we come together as a nation to choose our leaders and I also listened to our Baba, the National President of PFN, he said the leadership of PFN has just finished the first half of its tenure. I just learnt that there is no second term in PFN”, he said.

The governor added, “Maybe, we need to learn one or two things from that arrangement for our nation. I am a supporter of a single term structure.” 

“As a matter of fact, I didn’t want a second term and I told the fathers of faith that look, four years may not be long enough to do everything that you want to do, but it’s long enough to make your own impact and go your own way.”

“But maybe, if we have the opportunity to discuss this, I think a five or six-years single term will really be enough for most of us to do whatever it is that we are supposed to do,” he said.

The governor then called on Nigerians to pray for those in positions of authority, as politics is now over, saying, governance is about the interest and wellness of the country.

“Political parties will come and go, but our country will remain. We must pray for those in authority. Politics is over, it’s time for governance. These leaders God has asked us to pray for are products of who the political parties present to us. And these leaders have been chosen, we are obligated to pray for them and work with them.

“Well, if we don’t like those in authority, what should we do? We have another opportunity in another four years to vote again,” the governor said.

Earlie in his remarks, PFN National President Bishop Wale Oke said the retreat came at a very critical time in the nation’s history, with the country having just gone through a general election that shook the nation to its foundation and almost pitched Nigerians against one another.

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