December 13, 2017

Southwest states united on constitution amendment (Nation)

Southwest states united on constitution amendment (Nation)

South West states will adopt a common position on the proposed amendment to the constitution, the governors said yesterday.

Governors Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti) met in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to ratify their common stance on all the issues billed for amendment.

The National Assembly last month transmitted the items it is proposing for amendments to the state houses of Assembly.

Two-thirds of the 36 Assemblies –which is 24  -must concur on any particular issue before it could be accepted.

The National Assembly will then transmit such items for President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent after which they become laws.

According to the programme, the Assemblies are expected to submit their records of votes on the items to the National Assembly in the first quarter of next year.

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues after the meeting, said the Yoruba is one with the same destiny, hence party politics would not be allowed to divide them on such an issue.

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He said: “As you can see, all of us are one from Oduduwa. All of us, being brothers, are presenting the same position on matters that are of common interest of all of us and we are doing it together.

“If you are talking about specific issues, one of the issues that we tried to look at is the issue of constitution (amendment). There are many things that we have endorsed, but it is so clear to us that there is more on the issue of amendment of the constitution. Read more

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