By Ibidapo Balogun
The Supreme Court has asked the Executive and the National Assembly to settle their disagreements over the recent amendments made to the 1999 Constitution by the 7th National Assembly.
The seven-man panel of the court headed by Chief Justice of the Federation on Monday struck out the case instituted by the presidency and asked the party to settle their disagreements out of court and bring the resolution before the court on May 27.
The court also asked both parties to maintain the status quo till they resolve their differences.
Both parties to the case lauded the decision of the apex court.
Chief Bayo Ojo, Counsel to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Justice Minister Mohammed Adoke, who instituted the case on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, said the 7th National Assembly amended 65 sections of the constitution and that only 10 were found objectionable by the Executive.
Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, counsel to the National Assembly, said the two parties should be able to resolve the issues amicably, saying the decision of the apex court was a welcome development.
President Jonathan had refused to assent to the latest alterations to the 1999 Constitution by the National Assembly, raising issues about certain provisions of the amended constitution.
Among those sections were the ones relating to the appointment of Accountant-General of the Federation and other appointments which he said were within the province of the President. He also objected to the proposed pension for Senators and House of Representatives members.
He later dragged the National Assembly to the Supreme Court over the amendments.
The National Assembly, particularly the Senate, which initially threatened to override the President’s veto changed its mind after an executive session, with Senate President David Mark saying the senators were law makers and not law breakers and that they would wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on the matter.