Constitution amendment: Senate to strip Buhari of power of assent

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Ike Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has revealed plans by the Senate committee on constitution review to strip President Muhammadu Buhari of powers to assent the on go­ing constitution amendment.

INFORMATION NIGERIA brings to you in this piece what he said about the senate actions.

 

He said the former President Goodluck Jona­than did not sign the Fourth Alteration Bill into law, which would strip the president of powers to veto any bill before the expiration of his tenure hence it would be reconsidered with fresh inputs.

He also said: “A bill to amend any portion of the constitution is not an ordinary bill.

He said such bill requires the two-thirds majority of each Chamber of the National Assembly to pass it into law and It is also the only bill that requires the approval of two-thirds of the States Assembly to pass.

He said that Presidential veto of any bill is a mockery of sovereignty which is the power of the people to exhibit their power through their representatives in the parliaments.

He equally said that Nigerians would have argued that the Constitution would make explicit prescriptions on how such veto could be reversed, if it were the intentions of the framers of the Constitution for one man or woman to veto a constitution amendment.”

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