Bill seeking powers to summon President, Governors scales 2nd reading



A bill for an Act to alter the 1999 Constitution to grant the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly powers to summon the President and Governors has scaled second reading at the House of Reps.

Rep. Sergius Ogun (PDP–Edo) who the bill his argument Abuja said the doctrine of separation of must upheld.

said basic doctrine closely related to the exercise of legislative powers a democracy was the doctrine of separation of powers.

Ogun said that such law would help to invite the President and Governors to answer questions issues of national security.

added that it would help them to also answer questions any matter whatsoever, which the national assembly and states houses of assembly have powers to make laws.

“You will recall what happened in January when the House summoned President Muhammadu Buhari but failed to honour the invitation,” said.

He said that part of the reasons adduced for the President’s non appearance was House had no constitutional to invite him.

He said that such invitations to the president was not expressly stated in laws, adding lawmakers must give it Constitutional backing to able to summon the president and state governors.

Speaker of the House Femi Gbajabiamila however, referred the bill to the house ad hoc committee on the review of 1999 Constitution.(NAN)