The House of Representatives has said that its members would stand by the decision of their constituencies while voting on the proposal for a single tenure of six years for the President and state governors in the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution.
Already, the collated report of the People’s Public Sessions conducted by the House indicates that Nigerians prefer the retention of the current two terms of four years each for political office holders to a single tenure.
The position of the House is not in tandem with that of the Senate that is pushing for a single six-year term.
The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Zakari Mohammed, said that lawmakers would be guided by the positions of their constituents.
According to him, the idea of the people’s public sessions was to take the amendment of the constitution to the “doorsteps of Nigerians so that they could take control of the process and decide what they would want to be included in the constitution.”
Mohammed said the results of the sessions would be drafted as bills to be passed by the House in line with the guidelines on passing bills.
His words, “For the House, our work has been simplified; Nigerians have spoken. It means, therefore, that members will vote on the items to be included in the constitution according to the voting pattern of their constituencies.”
The Chairman of the Media Sub-Committee, Mr. Ezuiche Ubani, also explained that lawmakers would not vote differently from the positions already taken on any issue by their constituencies.
“Your people will be watching you and they will be interested in knowing how you voted. It is expected of every member to vote according to the decision of his or her constituency. That is the next stage,” Ubani added.
During the public presentation of the report, both the Speaker, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, and the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, gave the assurance that members would be guided by the decisions of their constituencies when voting on the constitution.