State of the nation address bill: Uproar in Senate •Senators in near fistifcuffs

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WHAT could have been a major brawl between two senators was averted, on Wednesday, as the Senate had a heated debate over observations raised by President Goodluck Jonathan on the State of the Nation Address Bill 2013, which seeks to compel him to address a joint sitting of the National Assembly on the state of the nation.

Majority of the lawmakers argued that the president’s observations amounted to a veto of the bill, while some others advised that it should be reviewed to reflect observations of the president.

Confusion, however, started when Senator Ita Enang drew the attention of his colleagues to the contradictions between the Senate Rule and the 1999 Constitution (as amended) in respect of the bill that had been processed by the National Assembly Conference Committee.

Nigerian Tribune

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