President Goodluck Jonathan’s single tenure bid may have hit a brick wall as there are indications that the President is now forced to set the proposed bill aside, at least for now. It was said that some legal experts who were consulted by the villa to deliberate on the bill differed in opinion about it.
A more crucial obstacle to the bill was however the inability of the President to secure the consent of the National Assembly. It was gathered that the leadership of the National Assembly refused to accept the proposal, which was considered ill-timed and ill-conceived.
A ranking Senator privy to the meeting said “the leadership told the President that such a weighty and sensitive bill should not have come from the Presidency in the first place. “They told the President that he should have allowed the bill to emanate from the National Assembly, at best, from the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) when it decides to go ahead with another review of the 1999 Constitution.”
Perhaps the most important reason of all for setting the bill aside is the fact that there is no fund allocated in the 2011 Appropriation Act for amendment of the Constitution.