Jonathan Vs NASS: Supreme Court Halts Constitution Amendment
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that the amendment to the 1999 constitution be put on hold, making it impossible for the process which commenced a few year ago to see the light of day in the Jonathan administration.
The National Assembly had passed some amendments to the constitution and forwarded same to President Goodluck Jonathan for assent, but the president withheld his faulting some amendments which gives executive powers and duties to the legislature and the judiciary.
“In view of the foregoing and absence of credible evidence that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration) Act 2015 satisfied the strict requirements of Section 9(3) of the 1999 Constitution, it will be unconstitutional for me to assent to it,” Jonathan said in his letter to the National Assembly.
The president subsequently approached the Supreme Court to stop the process.
In a ruling on Thursday,? a seven-man panel, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, ?Justice Mahmud Mohammed, ordered the National Assembly to maintain status quo on the matter until June 18.
The Supreme Court also directed the issuance of hearing notice on the NASS for it to appear on that date to respond to the suit that was lodged against the proposed alterations to the constitution, by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The president objected to certain provisions in the proposed amendments to the constitution and took the case to the Supreme Court after sending a letter to both houses of assembly explaining his opposition.