OrderPaperToday – The leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has declared that the Senate has no power to unilaterally seek interpretation of the constitution without the approval of the House.
Gbajabiamila in a tweet stated that for the National Assembly to seek interpretation of the constitution, it must be a product of resolutions from the two chambers.
The Senate on Monday announced that it will approach the Supreme Court for interpretation of the constitution over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Gbajabiamila tweeted: “It has come to my understanding that the @NGRSenate has gone to the Supreme Court for interpretation of the constitution.
“Unfortunately the @NGRSenate does not have the legal capacity or locus to go it alone. By Supreme Court (Additional original jurisdiction) Act 2002, https://t.co/pzQdrvJ52P the National Assembly can only institute such an action after a resolution by both Houses so to do.
“I look forward to the courts interpretation but first we must comply with the law. In the absence of such a resolution the Supreme Court lacks jurisdiction.”
The leader of the senate, Lawan Ahmed, had also issued a press statement on behalf of the APC senate caucus, dissociating self from the court case not being a product of the resolution of the red chamber.