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Ohaneze, Afenifere, Support Move to Parliamentary Govt.

Ohaneze, Afenifere, Support Move to Parliamentary Govt. and the groups, have declared their support for the move to amend the constitution and return Nigeria to the Parliamentary system of government.

The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation and thee Igbo groups affirmed its advantages, describing the move by 71 members of the House of Representatives as a welcome development.

This was as disclosed by the spokesmen for both organisations, and , respectively, Punch reports.

Legit.ng reports that Odumakin said: “Those members of the House of Representatives are true representatives of the people and history will be very kind to them. The presidential system has killed Nigeria, it is too expensive and it is the major source of corruption in Nigeria today.

“If you say you want to become a president under this system, the whole country is your constituency. On election day, you will need 119,973 agents. If you give them N5,000 each, that is N6bn. Where will an honest man get that?

“That is why there is a lot influence of illicit money in our elections and it will remain so until we go back to parliamentary system.

“Under parliamentary system, if you want to be a prime minister of Nigeria, you just contest in your constituency and go and negotiate the rest at the parliament.”

The Ohanaeze spokesman, explaining reasons behind their support for the move said the lawmakers stance is in agreement with his organisation’s position on restructuring.

He said: “Their position tallies with what we have been saying in Ohanaeze. Restructuring has a lot of connotations. If you changed a ruling party, you have restructured.

“This time, some legislators have come together to offer a solution. If we adopt it, we have restructured the system. If we go back to parliamentary system, we have restructured the system. Once it is no longer presidential, it is restructuring.

“It has always been our argument that until we restructure Nigeria, it will never be the same. There will continue to be agitations, misgivings and a lot of contention.

“It is a welcome development. If the National Assembly sees merit in it and adopt it, so be it. That means we have restructured the system.”

 

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