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Constitution: N-Assembly doesn’t need Jonathan’s assent – Sen Akinyede

   By Inalegwu Shaibu

ABUJA—THE Chairman, Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics, Financial Crimes and Anti Corruption, Senator Sola Akinyede said yesterday that the National Assembly does not need the assent of President Goodluck Jonathan on the amendments to the 1999 Constitution before it will become law.

Senator Akinyede who spoke to newsmen said amendments to the 1999 Constitution will become law upon two third resolutions by the State Houses of Assembly without the assent of the President.

He also cited section 9 of the 1999 Constitution which states that the National Assembly may subject to the provisions of this section alter any of the provisions of this Constitution.

He said, “following the passage of the bill to amend the 1999 Constitution by the National Assembly and the forwarding of the proposals in the bill to the Houses of Assembly, it has been suggested in some quarters that for the bill to become law, it must receive the assent of the President as stated in section 58 of the Constitution.

“The processes for the alteration of the Constitution are clearly stated under section 9 of the Constitution. The process for altering the provisions of the Constitution is guided only by section 9 of the Constitution and not by any other.

“The assent of Mr. President is not required and all the amendments take effect as soon as at least 24 Houses of Assembly pass their resolutions approving them.”


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