The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has suggested a single term of six years for president and governors.
The monarch said this on Thursday when he received the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu at his palace on Thursday.
Oba Ewuare noted that although he was not an expert on political analysis, he believes a single term of six years would reduce the tension associated with election and re-election.
He also called for the introduction of a mechanism to review leaders’ performance periodically.
“I want to suggest that if possible after this election, we come up with a single term of six years,”
“If that is in place, a candidate also knows that within the six years he can also be removed for not performing.”
“I think that will go a long way to reduce tension associated with reelection,” he noted
On the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo state, the Oba expressed concerns over the spate of violence in the state.
He said: “I am not happy that my children are fighting. I tried my best to intervene but to no avail. But God is in charge of the situation and I know that the election will be peaceful.”
He appealed to youths and political actors not to turn the state into a battleground.
“We are appealing to the political actors not to turn the state into a battleground. All those who want to turn the land into a battleground, the law of Karma will visit them one by one,” the Oba said.
Oba Ewuare announced plans to invite the two major contenders, Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a peace accord