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FG drags national assembly to court over amended constitution

23 April 2015, 14:04

Abuja - The federal government has asked the Supreme Court to declare the amendments done to the constitution by the national assembly as unconstitutional, Thisday reports.

In the suit, the federal government is claiming that the Fourth Alteration Act, 2015 was not passed with the mandatory requirement of four-fifths of majority of members of the defendant and the mandatory due processes provided for under the relevant sections of the extant Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, was not followed.

Also read: Jonathan rejects amended constitution

The federal government is also asking the court to determine whether the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, by the defendant through Sections 3, 4, 12, 14, 21, 23, 36, 39, 40, 43 and 44 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration) Act, 2015, which purportedly altered Sections 8, 9, 34, 35, 39, 42, 45, 58, 84, 150, 174 and 211 of the Constitution without compliance with the requirements of section 9(3) of the Constitution is not unconstitutional, invalid, illegal, null and void?

Whether in the absence of compliance by the defendant with the mandatory requirement of Section 9(3) of the Constitution in the passage of the Fourth Alteration Act, 2015, the defendant can competently exercise its powers under Section 58(5) of the Constitution to enable the purported Act to become law?

President Goodluck Jonathan had last week rejected the amendments made to the 1999 Constitution by the National Assembly because the amendment did not meet the provisions of Section 9 (3) of the 1999 Constitution.

Read more at Thisday

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