Pres­i­den­tial sys­tem is dic­ta­tor­ship –Odili

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

For­mer Gover­nor of Rivers State and mem­ber of the po­lit­i­cal re­struc­tur­ing and forms of govern­ment com­mit­tee, Dr Peter Odili said the pres­i­den­tial sys­tem is very dif­fi­cult to op­er­ate and breeds dic­ta­tor­ship.

Speak­ing dur­ing the com­mit­tee meet­ing yes­ter­day, Odili said the sys­tem has brought many chal­lenges to gov­er­nance and it was nec­es­sary to look at other sys­tems as prac­ticed in other coun­tries that are not purely pres­i­den­tial or wholly par­lia­men­tary.

“Those that in­tro­duced the pres­i­den­tial sys­tem had the best in­ter­est of the na­tion at heart, but the prac­tice has caused us prob­lems,” he said.

But he added that the pres­i­den­tial sys­tem is not only ex­pen­sive to op­er­ate; it also has the ten­dency to lead to dic­ta­tor­ship as it cre­ates room for too much power to be un­der the com­mand of one in­di­vid­ual.

“In terms of checks and bal­ances, par­lia­men­tary sys­tem of govern­ment is more ef­fec­tive,” and con­cluded by rec­om­mend­ing “a mod­i­fied pres­i­den­tial sys­tem that em­bod­ies par­lia­men­tary sys­tem which will help us re­duce waste and guar­an­tees sta­bil­ity of govern­ment.”

From left: For­mer Ogun State gover­nor, Se­gun Osoba, and for­mer Se­nate Pres­i­dents Ken Nna­mani and Iy­orchia Ayu, all mem­bers of the Com­mit­tee on Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties and Elec­toral Mat­ters at a meet­ing in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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