Jonathan To Sign Amended Constitution As NASS Removes Controversial Clauses

President Goodluck Jonathan is to sign into law the Fourth Alteration Act, 2015, passed by the National Assembly before handing over on May 29, following the resolution of the prolonged row between the executive and the legislature over some controversial clauses in the amended constitution.

It would be recalled that Jonathan withheld his assent to the amendments to the 1999 Constitution following which NASS threatened to override his veto within 30 days and, in response, the Attorney-General of the Federation instituted a suit against NASS to annul the amendments.

However, following an out of court settlement between the two parties, a copy of which was obtained by the Street Journal on Thursday morning, the President will sign the amended constitution into law before handing over, while NASS has acceded to removing the controversial clauses, in line with the terms of settlement.

The document is signed by Mr Bayo Ojo, (SAN), counsel to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Mr Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) and Yakubu Maikyau (SAN) both counsel to the lawmakers.

According to the document, the views of the president were considered and effected by deleting some alterations in the Alteration Act, 2015, due to which the president had withheld his assent.

The terms of settlement in the suit also contained a six-point agreement in which NASS agreed to delete alterations made to Section 8 of the Principal Act on referendum in respect of state creation.

It also agreed to delete alterations made to Section 9 of the Principal Act, dispensing with the assent of the president in the process of constitution amendment.

NASS also agreed to delete alterations made in Sections 45a-45b of the Act, relating to Free Basic Education and Maternal Healthcare Services.

It also deleted alterations made to Sections 150, 174, 195 and 211 of the Principal Act, relating to the separation of the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

This also applies to the separation of the office of the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

Accordingly, the suit filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation against the NASS in Suit No: SC/214/ 2015 before the Supreme Court, was withdrawn.

The Supreme Court struck out the suit on Wednesday evening following a motion for discontinuance filed by the AGF, based on the agreement reached in which he had conceded to withdrawing the suit.

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