Governors summon Dogara over constitution amendment


The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has invited the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to present to it the lower Chamber’s position on the issue of constitution amendment to enable it decide on the flexed issue in the interest of the country.

The senate had earlier presented a position before the Governors Forum suggestive that both the House of Representatives and the Senate had agreed on the items in the constitution amendment.

But reliable sources told Bar and Bench Watch that the House of Representatives is denying any harmonised position on the issue yet, hence, urged the governors to disregard the presentation made on behalf of the two chambers by the Senate to the forum for consideration.

The position of the House of Representatives necessitated the invitation sent to Dogara to enable him present the version of the House of Representatives.

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Chairman of NGF and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, who spoke on the issue after an emergency meeting on Wednesday night said that the forum was set to “do something” on the issue for posterity and in view of the spate of agitations in the country.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, which lasted till midnight, Yari said, “ The meeting is just one item agenda: the review of Nigeria constitution.

“If you can remember last time, the Deputy Senate President was here with us to brief us on the harmonized position of the two houses for the task schedule of the amendment of the Nigeria constitution. Because of its importance, we decided to hold this extra ordinary meeting so that we could deliberate.

“We had actually wanted to invite the Conference of Speakers so that we can collectively look at what was submitted for the betterment of the nation.

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“As we agree, the constitution is being amended for posterity and not for any other interest.

“Therefore, the information we are having from the House of Representatives is that the position is Senate position, it is not harmonized.

“So, probably by next week, that is on the 18th, the Speaker of the House of Representatives or his representative will come and make his own presentation to us so that we look at it too.

“By the way, there are so many issues of national interest, devolution of power, political agitations were not taken into considerations in that amendment,” he added.