As Senate decides Jonathan’s power to initiate new constitution

The Senate will this week vote on the proposed amendments in the report submitted by the Senator Ike Ekweremadu-led Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution. SUNDAY ABORISADE writes on the likely implications of this exercise.

As it is to be expected, senators expressed divergent views when the Senator Ike Ekweremadu-led Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution submitted its report in the form of a bill.

According to Ekweremadu, the bill titled, ‘An Act to further alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and for other matters connected therewith, 2013’, is aimed at among other things, strengthening the legal framework for processing a new constitution.

He recalled that the Senate, at its sitting of Thursday, July 1, 2013, voted on some of his committee’s recommendations. He explained that while expecting the inauguration of a Conference Committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives to harmonise areas of differences, members of his committee received six additional requests, which could have far-reaching implications on the electoral process.   […more]

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