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Constitution amendment: Stay action, S’Court orders NASS

The Supreme Court has ordered the National Assembly to stay action in moves to override the veto power of President Goodluck Jonathan in the process of amending the constitution.

A seven-man panel of justices of the apex court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) ‎Justice Mahmud Mohammed, on Thursday morning ordered the National Assembly to maintain status quo on the matter until June 18.

The court could not hear the motion for interlocutory injunction filed by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) which was scheduled for hearing Thursday.

Rather, it granted the lawyer to the plaintiff (AGF), Bayo Ojo (SAN) time to address the court on some anomalies identified in the substantive suit, and proceeded to order parties to maintain status quo ante bellum in respect of the subject of the suit, pending the motion for interlocutory injunction.

The AGF, acting for President Jonathan, is in the substantive suit contending that the purported Fourth Alteration Act 2015 was not passed with the mandatory requirement of four-fifth majority of members of the National Assembly and the mandatory due processes provided for under the relevant sections of the Constitution.

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