A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has adjourned till November 8 for judgment in the  suit by the former President of the Nigerian bar Association, NBA, Mr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) challenging the refusal of the National Assembly to forward the amended Constitution to President Goodluck Jonathan for his assent.

Trial judge in the matter, Justice Okechukwu Okeke, adjourned for judgement after parties argued and adopted their written briefs in  the matter.

Agbakoba had sued the National Assembly and the Federal Attorney General and Justice Minister, Bello Adoke, challenging the legality of the claim by the federal lawmakers that the assent of the President is not required on the amendments made to the 1999 Constitution before it becomes law.

Agbakoba wants the court to hold that the Constitution (First Amendment Act 2010) passed by the National Assembly cannot take effect as law without the assent of the President.

He is further contending that the exercise by the lawmakers without the assent of the President was illegal and unconstitutional, urging the court to nullify the amendments on the grounds that the National Assembly had contravened section 58 of the 1999 Constitution.

He further wants the court to hold that in view of the provisions of section 58 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, the assent of the President is a prerequisite before the amendments can become law.

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