The Presidency on Friday reacted to the clause in the proposed constitution amendment, which seeks to exclude President Goodluck Jonathan and some governors from participating in the 2015 elections under a new six year single tenure arrangement, saying it would fail.
The Presidency’s position was made known in a recent interview by the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak in Abuja.
Gulak said it would be unfair for the National Assembly to make an amendment that would short-change those elected under a constitution that allows them to contest a maximum two terms of four years each.
He said, “It is not a fair amendment to target a particular group of people. That proposal will not scale through because Nigerians are wiser.
“You can’t short-change some people in the name of amending the constitution. I am sure there will be some considerations and the proposal will fail.
“The President and some governors were elected under a constitution that allows them to contest two terms of four years each. You can’t change the rule midway” he asserted.