Bill to summon president scales second reading

A bill to empower the National Assembly to summon the president has on Tuesday passed through second reading at the House of Representatives.

The Constitution alteration bill also seeks to give the States Houses of Assembly powers to summon their respective governors.

Sergious Ogun (PDP, Esan NorthEast/Esan SouthEast federal constituency of Edo State) while leading the debate on the Bill, said the bill is about deepening accountability.

Ogun cited the controversy that trailed the summoning of Muhamadu Buhari in November last year and the response of the Attorney General Abubakar Malami.

Malami had argued that the House of Representatives lacks the power to summon the President.

Ogun, in his lead debate, explained that the bill seeks to amend sections 67 and 107 of the 1999 Constitution.

“The bill seeks to amend the principal Act by inserting a new subsection 3 which will read:

“Nothing in this section shall preclude any chamber of the National Assembly from summoning the President of the federal Republic of Nigeria from attending the Joint Session of the National Assembly to answer questions on National Security or any issue whatsoever which the National Assembly has powers to make laws.”

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He explained that “what this bill intends to do is that if we have powers to make laws for the federation, and for which we appropriate for, we should also have powers to invite or summon the President.”

The motion for the second reading was passed and referred to the Special Constitution Amendment committee of the House

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