Constitution Amendment: Senate To Strip President Buhari Of Power Of Assent

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Constitution Amendment: Senate To Strip President Buhari Of Power Of Assent

THE Senate has revealed plans to strip

President Muhammadu Buhari of

powers to assent the ongoing

constitution amendment.

Deputy President of the Senate,

Senator Ike Ekweremadu who doubles

as the chairman of the Senate

committee on constitution review,

made the revelation when he spoke at

the ongoing retreat by the committee,

holding in Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.

He said since former President

Goodluck Jonathan did not sign the

Fourth Alteration Bill into law, which

strips the president of powers to veto

any bill, it will be reconsidered with

fresh inputs.

He said: “A bill to amend any portion

of the constitution is not an ordinary

bill. It is the only bill that requires the

two-thirds majority of each Chamber of

the National Assembly to pass in the

first instance. It is also the only bill that

requires the approval of two-thirds of

the States Assembly to pass.

“Presidential veto of a bill to amend

the constitution makes jest of the

philosophy of sovereignty, which is

that power belongs to the people, and

that the people exercise this

sovereignty through their

representatives in parliament.

“Nigerians have argued, and rightly

so, that the Constitution would have

made explicit prescriptions on how

such veto could be reversed, if it were

the expectation of the framers of the

Constitution for one man or woman to

veto a constitution amendment.”

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