Thursday, December 6, 2012

General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has called for the adoption of electoral college system in the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria

General Yakubu Gowon talks about electoral college votes in Nigeria

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) 78, has called for the adoption of electoral college votes in the upcoming 2015 presidential election in the Nigeria. Gowon ruled Nigeria at the age of 29 from July 1966 until he was deposed in a coup by General Murtala Mohammed in 1975. He is the youngest president that ever ruled Nigeria.

Gowon, whose administration was the first to divide Nigeria into 12 states, also urged the National Assembly to stop the agitation by various interest groups for the creation of new states, saying additional states will not solve the problems facing the country.

Speaking at a two-day conference on “The North and Strategies for Sustainable Development” held in Kaduna yesterday, Gowon, who was represented by the Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Alhaji Aliko Mohammed, said he met with the northern caucus of the Senate last week and asked them to reconsider the introduction of the electoral college in the presidential election.

He also called on northerners to unite and forge a common front in order to ensure the progress and development of the region.

According to him, “Unless we come together in the North, we would continue to have problems. I met with the Senate caucus in the North in Abuja last week and I asked them to reconsider the introduction of electoral college in electing the president.”

He added that the creation of more states in the country would not resolved the myriads of problems facing the country but increase the cost of governance.

Electoral college vote in Nigeria. What do you think??


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