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Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by gratiaeo(m): 2:29am On Apr 15, 2015
President Goodluck Jonathan has rejected the amendments made to the 1999 Constitution by the National Assembly, The PUNCH has learnt.

A top government official who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent on Tuesday that Jonathan vetoed the amendment on Monday.

The official said the decision of the President not to sign the document was because the amendment did not meet the provisions of Section 9 (3) of the 1999 Constitution.

The source explained that with the return of the document by the President, the letter accompanying it might be read on the floors of the two chambers of the National Assembly any time from Wednesday (today).

He said, “The President has vetoed the constitution amendment and he has sent it back to the National Assembly.

“The amendment did not meet the provision of Section 9 (3) of the constitution which talks about the need for four fifth of the National Assembly to agree with the amendment.”

Section 9 (3) of the Constitution reads:

“An Act of the National Assembly for the purpose of altering the provisions of this section, section 8 or Chapter IV of this Constitution shall not be passed by either House of the National Assembly unless the proposal is approved by the votes of not less than four-fifths majority of all the members of each House, and also approved by resolution of the House of Assembly of not less than two-third of all states.”

The rejected amended constitution granted approval for the separation of the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation from that of Minister/Commissioner of Justice
http://www.punchng.com/news/jonathan-rejects-amended-constitution/

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by nedz(m): 2:37am On Apr 15, 2015
Na Godwin grin

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Nobody: 2:42am On Apr 15, 2015
His P not mine

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by estyvino(m): 2:51am On Apr 15, 2015
Perfect move

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by egift(m): 2:53am On Apr 15, 2015
Jonathan should stop signing any new documents, except those regarding his hand over. He had 6 years to do all that. The ones he signed, Nigerians are yet to review it all.

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Ilekeh(f): 2:54am On Apr 15, 2015
Look who suddenly remembers his math.

Why couldn't he remember that 99 is greater than 9 during the Ekiti saga?

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by PrettyClare7(f): 3:08am On Apr 15, 2015
lawmakers trying to circumvent the law only God knows what is in dat amended law that they dont want the state house of assembly to see. They were hoping GEJ would be clueless as to what is law.

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by nduchucks: 3:10am On Apr 15, 2015
Nonsense!!

Only the National Assembly may alter any of the provisions of the Constitution after which the amendmends must be approved by resolution of the Houses of Assembly of not less than two-thirds of all the States.

The President has no authority to reject any doggone Amendment approved by NASS.

The four-fifth rule applies to State creation and Chapter 4 (Fundamental Rights). All other amendments to any provision only needs the said two-thirds majority approval.

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Nobody: 3:17am On Apr 15, 2015
If oga has been doing his job effectively from day1 , we won't have vote you out.
Please veto all documents sent to you and avoid wuruwuru from the lawmakers, so the small reputation you've earned when you conceded defeat won't be ruined!
Seriously, what will be the job of minister or commissioner for justice
No more useless, figurehead posts abeg!

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by loomer: 5:04am On Apr 15, 2015
Everybody don de form like say na them know constitution pass

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Nobody: 5:16am On Apr 15, 2015
aanumama:
If oga has been doing his job effectively from day1 , we won't has vote you out.
Please veto all documents sent to you and avoid wuruwuru from the lawmakers, so the small reputation you've earned when you conceded defeat won't be ruined!
Seriously, what will be the job of minister or commissioner for justice
No more useless, figurehead posts abeg!
I was wondering too. There is no need to separate the offices of the Attorney-general and minister of justice. Just like it's done in the US, the title "minister of justice" could be dropped.

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Burger01(m): 5:30am On Apr 15, 2015
Ilekeh:
Look who suddenly remembers his math.

Why couldn't he remember that 99 is greater than 9 during the Ekiti saga?
cheesy

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Chiefpriest1(m): 5:42am On Apr 15, 2015
So, this guy know maths like this, na im he no know difference between 16 and 19 abi?

Amaechi won the governors' forum chairmanship with that margin, yet oga jona refused to recognise him. He wholeheartedly accepted jonah jang who scored 16. Diaris God sha!

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by oluwafemi113(m): 5:44am On Apr 15, 2015
Jonathan should for God sake stop signing any document for now..


Thank God he didn't sign this one

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by tunwumi: 5:50am On Apr 15, 2015
I trust oga jona. H want to make some stunts before him go caput

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Pavore9: 5:54am On Apr 15, 2015
How many weeks to go?

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by lolaxavier(m): 5:54am On Apr 15, 2015
Trying now to prove relevant...by the way, how come he now knows what veto power is. That's too big for him to understand ...

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Realdeals(m): 5:55am On Apr 15, 2015
It looks like they wanted him to sign the amended constitution secretly
Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Badgers14: 6:14am On Apr 15, 2015
nduchucks:
Nonsense!!

Only the National Assembly may alter any of the provisions of the Constitution after which the amendmends must be approved by resolution of the Houses of Assembly of not less than two-thirds of all the States.

The President has no authority to reject any doggone Amendment approved by NASS.

The four-fifth rule applies to State creation and Chapter 4 (Fundamental Rights). All other amendments to any provision only need the said two-thirds majority approval.


The president has constitutional power to veto any bill passed by the house/senate. And likewise the house/senate has the power to override his veto. Usually politicians don't go the later route even though it is constitutional. Be mindful though that the override must pass both chambers and sometimes the ruling party might have the vote for the override on one chamber and not the other, henceforth the override can't stand.

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by disloman(m): 6:22am On Apr 15, 2015
Pavore9:
How many weeks to go?
6weeks

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Pavore9: 6:32am On Apr 15, 2015
disloman:
6weeks

Let us experience another feel after 16 years.

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by godunia(m): 6:35am On Apr 15, 2015
GEJ without the evil hawks around him will stand for what is right n just anytime.after all d fear of GMB is d beginning of right decision n courageous choice

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by kosovo(m): 6:49am On Apr 15, 2015
nduchucks:
Nonsense!!

Only the National Assembly may alter any of the provisions of the Constitution after which the amendmends must be approved by resolution of the Houses of Assembly of not less than two-thirds of all the States.

The President has no authority to reject any doggone Amendment approved by NASS.

The four-fifth rule applies to State creation and Chapter 4 (Fundamental Rights). All other amendments to any provision only need the said two-thirds majority approval.

undecided
Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by nduchucks: 6:58am On Apr 15, 2015
Badgers14:



The president has constitutional power to veto any bill passed by the house/senate. And likewise the house/senate has the power to override his veto. Usually politicians don't go the later route even though it is constitutional. Be mindful though that the override must pass both chambers and sometimes the ruling party might have the vote for the override on one chamber and not the other, henceforth the override can't stand.

Oga, Constitutional Amendment is not a bill which can be vetoed.

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by XBLadez: 7:04am On Apr 15, 2015
nduchucks:
Nonsense!!

Only the National Assembly may alter any of the provisions of the Constitution after which the amendmends must be approved by resolution of the Houses of Assembly of not less than two-thirds of all the States.

The President has no authority to reject any doggone Amendment approved by NASS.

The four-fifth rule applies to State creation and Chapter 4 (Fundamental Rights). All other amendments to any provision only needs the said two-thirds majority approval.
You don't know what you're saying

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Lemon12(m): 7:09am On Apr 15, 2015
egift:
Jonathan should stop signing any new documents, except those regarding his hand over. He had 6 years to do all that. The ones he signed, Nigerians are yet to review it all.
smh

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by DaGC(m): 7:37am On Apr 15, 2015
Looking at some comments above, I can conclusively say that there are rabid idiots on Nairaland.

@OP, good move. Respect for the rule of law.

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Badgers14: 7:41am On Apr 15, 2015
nduchucks:


Oga, Constitutional Amendment is not a bill which can be vetoed.

That's correct. My response did state specifically " bill".

Though the president signing off on a constitutional amendment is rather ceremonial. GEJ was legally correct by sending the bill back because the amendment doesn't have the required number of votes.

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by nduchucks: 7:55am On Apr 15, 2015
Badgers14:


That's correct. My response did state specifically " bill".

Though the president signing off on a constitutional amendment is rather ceremonial. GEJ was legally correct by sending the bill back because the amendment doesn't have the required number of votes.

I see you have a good understanding of the process. The article sensationalized the ceremonial signing off you mentioned. Most people believe that the President can actually veto or reject the said Amendments and my post was really meant to point out the inaccuracy of such a position.

The NASS can still move forward with the Amendments and send them to the states for approval. If that happens, the courts will strike down the provisions which call for state creation, because they did not obtain the required four-fifth approval.

The legislators know better than to include state creation in the list of approved amendments when the 80% approval threshold was not met. GEJ may have exposed the 419 the legislators attempted to perpetrate, or exposed their gross incompetence and irresponsibility.

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Caseless: 8:06am On Apr 15, 2015
estyvino:
Abeg, who won Abuja governorship elehsion?
Na Bala Muhammad win am.

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Re: Jonathan Rejects Amended Constitution by Caseless: 8:07am On Apr 15, 2015
I can't wait for may 29th to get this clueless man off my head. angry

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