Presidential system is dictatorship –Odili
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.