S/Court Stops National Assembly’s Constitution Amendment Plan

A temporary setback hit the National Assembly, NASS, over its face-off with the Executive arm of the Federal Government concerning the amendment to the 1999 constitution, as the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that parties maintain status quo while the case is still before the court.
A seven-man panel of justices of the Supreme Court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, ‎Justice Mahmud Mohammed, also directed the issuance of hearing notice on the NASS for it to appear on 18 June being the next adjourned date.
The appearance of the National Assembly is for it to respond to the suit by the Executive arm against any proposed alterations to the constitution.
President Goodluck Jonathan had prior to institutionalising the case, wrote back to the National Assembly detailing some alterations in the amendment and complaining that such alterations were not in the best interest of the country.

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