The last is yet to be heard on the face off between the National Assembly and the president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan over the dispute on the legality of the Fourth Alteration Bill for the amendment of the constitution which the president refused to sign into law.
NASS, through its lawyer, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN yesterday applied to the Supreme Court to have the case relisted for hearing before the expiration of the tenure of the current National Assembly.
In a surprise u-turn, the Supreme Court which had earlier adjourned the matter to June 19th when the current National Assembly will have ceased to exit had rescheduled the hearing of the case to Monday, May 25th, 2015.
A copy of the new hearing notice which was obtained by our correspondent reads: “Take notice that the above motion will be listed for hearing before the Supreme Court of Nigeria sitting at Abuja on Monday 25th day of May 2015.
“And further take notice that in accordance with Order 2 Rule 1(2) of the Supreme Court Rules 1985, as amended, this notice is deemed sufficiently served on you if it is left at your address for service or sent by registered post and since the date of service by post is material, section 26 of the Interpretation Act, 1c64 shall apply.”
NASS is asking the apex court to discharge the interlocutory orders of injunction made on May 7th, 2015 which barred the lawmakers from overriding the president’s veto.
In the application, Awomolo is asking the court to dismiss the originating summons filed by the Attorney General of the Federation on the grounds that:
He further argued that the AGF was not competent to invoke the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under the Supreme Court (additional jurisdiction) Act.
While urging the court to hear the application, Awomolo said that the National Assembly was inaugurated on June 6th, 2011 for a term of four years and that the four years lifespan of the 7th National Assembly would terminate on June 6th 2015 and the case would therefore become abated.
“It is in the interest of justice and the good people of Nigeria that this suit be given expeditious hearing and determination,” he added.

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