NASS has no power to give Nigeria new constitution — Omo-Agege

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, has declared that the National Assembly has no power to replace the current constitution with a new one.

Mr Omo-Agege’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga, in a statement on Wednesday, said the deputy senate president made the remark when he hosted members of the Alliance of Nigerian Patriots led by Umunna Orjiako.

Mr Omo-Agege, who is Chairperson, Senate Ad hoc Committee on Constitution Review, said the National Assembly had no powers to replace the current constitution, but could only amend it.

He cited advanced democracies, such as the U.S., where Nigeria’s presidential system of government was modelled after and sections 8 and 9 of the 1999 Constitution as amended to buttress his argument.

The lawmaker said what was only obtainable was a piecemeal alteration of the constitution by the National Assembly.

He, therefore, urged those calling for a new constitution to channel their energy toward participating actively in the ongoing amendment of the constitution by the Ninth Assembly.

He said: “One of the issues you raised is the replacement of the 1999 Constitution.

“I am not so sure…

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