Reps Moves To Bar Acting President, Governor From Second Term

A Bill seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution and limit the tenure of an acting president or governor to a single term, passed second reading at the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The amendment bill is sponsored by the deputy speaker and chairman, Special House Ad hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Yussuff Lasun.

The bill provides that no person who had held office of president or governor of a state, or acted as president or governor of a state for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected president or governor, shall be elected to the office of president or governor of a state more than once.

The aim of the bill? is to give constitutional protection to the two term tradition as contemplated by virtue of the combined provisions of sections 137(1)(b) and 182(1)(b) of the Constitution.

These sections provide that the president and governor of a state shall serve in those capacities for a maximum period of eight years.

“However, the Constitution equally envisaged circumstances where a person can be chosen to act as president or state governor, such as when the president or a governor resigns, dies or is impeached,” Mr. Lasun said.

If passed, an acting president or acting governor who served for more than two years in a four-year term, shall only be eligible to contest election to the same office only once.

Such law would have prevented former president Goodluck Jonathan from seeking a second term in 2015.

Mr. Jonathan took over as acting president in 2010 after serving as Vice President since 2007.

This proposed amendment, the deputy speaker said, was inspired by the 22nd amendment to the constitution of the United States of America.

It provides that “no person shall be elected to the office of the president more than twice.

“And no person who has held the office of president or acted as president for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected president shall be elected to the office of president more than once,” Mr. Lasun added.

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French Train Attack Hero Stabbed Multiple Times In A Bar Fight

Spencer Stone, one of the men who foiled a terror attack on a Paris-bound train in August, was seriously injured after being stabbed four times in the chest near a gay bar in downtown Sacramento early Thursday morning
Police in Sacramento are searching for two Asian men after hero US airman Spencer Stone was knifed during a fight on a night out with friends in Sacramento.
He suffered a collapsed lung and was being treated in an intensive care unit – but is expected to survive. A 24-year-old woman also suffered minor injuries during the confrontation.
The new video shows the men approaching a vehicle that pulled up on the street. The pair then get in before the car drives off.
His father Brian Stone, the airman’s father, told People magazine:

‘He’s out of surgery and doing well. He’s been upgraded so no longer critical and it looks like he’s going to be okay. All I can say is that this world is not short of idiots.’

A shocking clip of the brawl has also emerged, showing Stone fighting off a group of three men on his own and lunging at them while others attempt to break up them up.
An attacker then appears to pull out a sharp instrument and stab Stone. His shirt appears to turn a dark shade of red as he stumbles away and his attackers disperse from the scene.
A source told the Sacramento Bee that Stone was with three female friends and one male friend and had just left the gay bar Badlands when the attack occurred.
Police are now looking for two adult Asian males who fled in a dark Toyota Camry. In a news conference on Thursday they repeatedly stressed that the incident was not a terrorist act or a hate crime.
Cops have said the attack was not terrorist related and may have been caused by alcohol.
Stone was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center where he is being treated for the serious injuries he received during the assault.
Initially police did not believe that Stone would be able to survive his injuries but he’s now in stable condition.

Ghana Airlines Bar Nigerian From Travelling

Three Ghanaian domestic airlines have barred a physically-challenged Nigerian, Ndifreke Andrew-Essien from travelling.

One of the airlines had also refused to refund Andrew-Essien, a fellow of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

The three airlines, Africa World Airlines, Antrak Air and Starbow Airlines told the Nigerian, who uses a wheelchair to move around that she could not board the plane from Accra to Tamale because of her condition.

“I live in Port Harcourt (Rivers State) where I run a non profit organisation. I secured an internship with an organisation in Ghana and I was posted to Salaga which is in the Northern Province of Ghana. The route via air, is Port Harcourt to Lagos; Lagos to Accra and Accra to Tamale. My flights were booked by an agent. On getting to the domestic airport in Accra, I presented my ticket to the airline—Africa World Airline— where my reservations had been made for the Accra-Tamale stretch, but was called aside by the airline official who told me I would not be able to fly with the airline.

“He stated that the airline does not fly with wheelchair-bound passengers, because they don’t have facilities for such a purpose. I told them it wouldn’t be a problem as I had experienced the general lack of facilities when it comes to persons with disabilites. I assured the airline staff that I was ready to work with the airline despite its inadequacy,” Andrew-Essien told SUNDAY PUNCH.

However, her entreaties were rebuffed by the airline which she quoted as saying, “We don’t fly wheelchair-bound passengers. It is not our policy.”

The Nigerian said she was forced to travel by road which took about 13 hours to her destination.

“I do not intend this (discriminatory policy) to stop me from achieving my aim. Persons with disabilities are faced with all kinds of issues when it comes to inclusion. This is a clear example of how, in the 21st century, Africa is still not forward-thinking in building a continent for all its citizens.”

Andrew-Essien said she was calling on Africa World Airlines and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority to reverse the discriminatory policy that prevents people living with disabilities from travelling. She also called on them to provide necessary equipment to travel with them.

All efforts made by our correspondent to speak to the airlines and Ghana’s CAA proved abortive as emails sent to them were not replied.