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Senate May Overturn Jonathan’s Veto on Constitution Amendment Bill



By Ibidapo Balogun

The Senate will today (Wednesday May 13) meet in an Executive Session to look at the reservations of President Goodluck Jonathan on some aspects of the 4th Constitution Amendment Bill forwarded to him.

The President had returned the bill to the National Assembly, saying he could not sign it because of some amendments contained therein. He also said he was not sure if the amendment bill benefitted from fourth-fifth majority of the National Assembly members.

The President later dragged the National Assembly to the Supreme Court over the amendment bill, which halted the process for the amendment of the constitution.

But the amendment bill was listed on Tuesday in the Order Paper of the Senate for consideration, suggesting that the Senate may be getting ready to overturn the president’s veto.

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the sitting, said the Senate would meet behind closed doors to look at the President’s reservations about the bill, and urged all the Senators to endeavour to attend the session.

Senator Chris Ngige, however, told Channels Television in an interview that some of the president’s observations were okay and could be considered.

He said some of the amendments were proposed by the House and that the Senate was seeing them for the first time like the provision recommending the extension of the Immunity Clause to cover the National Assembly members.


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