Barely twenty-four hours after his inauguration for a four year term,strong indications started emerging that president Goodluck Jonathan may be angling for a single term of six years in office.

Although Jonathan has yet to make public his intention to have the tenure of the president and that of the state Governors raised to six years from from the current four years, reliable presidential sources said the president and his spin doctors will soon set about effecting constitutional amendment that would guarantee him to spend six years,instead of the four years stipulated in the constitution.

To set the scheme afoot, sources said, the presidency, supported by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, will before long approach the National Assembly, seeking amendment to relevant portions of the country’s constitution that prescribe four year tenure for the president and state governors.

It is expected that with the PDP still in commanding majority in both the Senate and the House of representative, the executive bill that may likely be sent to the two chambers seeking the said amendment will scale all hurdles to become law.

Giving reasons for the plot to extend Jonathan’s tenure, party chieftains who spoke to National Life on condition of anonymity said it might not be unconnected with the fact that seeking another term after the expiration of the current term may be difficult as the constitution allows for an oath of office to be administered on the occupier of the office only twice.

President Jonathan on Sunday May 29, took his second oath of office, having already taken one following his transition from Vice-president to President after the death of President Umaru Yar’ Adua in May 2010.

Í am not aware of the plot, but I can tell you that six year single term idea is that of our party. It is not president Jonathan’s Idea. If that is what the party has resolve to pursue, then I’ll say it is in line with what the PDP has always believed is good for the country,” a chieftain of the party in Lagos said.

The female politician who confirmed that the issue was mooted in the days leading to the general elections, said since Jonathan would not be seeking another term in office as he promised during his campaign, the six-year single tenure Idea is needed now.


Jonathan himself dropped a hint of what he had in mind last two week in Lagos while speaking to the business community. Hewever,the president gave different reasons why a four year tenure was not too ideal.

While reeling out some of his policy plans for the country, following his victory at the April Presidential election, Jonathan said four years was not enough to realize his vision for the country.

Hear him: “I will not talk about the tenure of the government, the constitution has said four years though some believe that four years is too short to make any change, which also I believe. I believe because if you are elected as governor today, it will take one to one and half years for you to really stabilize.”

Politcal pundits, while subjecting Jonathan’s statement, believed to be a tongue, to scrutiny said the statement was not to be dismissed as he may actually be flying a kite when he made that statement last week in Lagos. Continuing, Jonathan argued that “you also know that some members of your cabinet are not good enough and that is why in most cases, after one or two years, Mr. President reshuffles cabinet and by the time you want to go for another two and half years, it is another election time and you are busy about winning election.”

Findings by National Life revealed that the plan to seek a six-year term in office preceded the 2011 Presidential election.

Following the declaration by some presidential aspirants led by General Ibrahim Babangida that they would serve only one term in office if elected, Jonathan was forced to make the same promise in order to win the support of the Igbo of south East.

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