Abuja - The Senate said the Supreme Court lacked the power to stop it and the House of Representatives from performing their legislative duties as far as the process of amending the 1999 Constitution was concerned, Punch reports.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Information and Public Affairs, Eyinnaya Abaribe, said this just as the House Deputy Majority Leader, Leo Ogor, described the apex court’s order that the status quo be maintained as a “temporary setback.”
A Supreme Court panel led by Justice Mahmud Mohammed had last Thursday fixed June 18 for further hearing on the case, by which date the tenure of the current assembly would have ended.
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President Goodluck Jonathan had withheld his assent to the 4th Alteration Bill to the 1999 Constitution.
He cited alleged breaches of Section 9 of the same constitution, arguing mainly that the lawmakers did not meet the mandatory four-fifth majority approval to alter the document.
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