The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said the likely refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari or his Vice, Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, cannot stop the final process of amendment of the Constitution, Post-Nigeria reports.
The Senate President, revealed that it was with conviction on that, that the 8th National Assembly approved the removal of Presidential assent to an amended the Constitution.
Recall, that the 7th Assembly had in 2015, while reviewing the 1999 Constitution, approved the removal of Presidential assent from the process of the amendment.
However, Saraki said going by the process of amending the Constitution, the final decision of Federal and State Legislatures, should be seen as the decision of the people.
“Well, to me, if two-thirds of the National Assembly agree to something, and two-thirds of the State Assemblies also agree, in my view, the President should accept that as the wish of the people.
“Does he really need to assent? Personally, I don’t think so; that is my personal view, because with two-third of National Assembly, two-third of State Assemblies, the people have spoken”, he said.
Saraki added that, the Senate would follow up on the amendment process in the States, to ensure that there was wide consultation and sensitisation.