The lawyers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the apex court’s decision was a good development.
The order followed the suit filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke (SAN), challenging the passage of the 4th Alteration Bill by the 7th National Assembly.
He said: “this amendment has been done several months ago and what were they waiting for?
“It is because there are other things hidden in the amendment like monetary benefits to them after they leave office,’’ Farounbi said.
Also, Mr Chino Obiagwu, Executive Director, Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), said it was “good” that the executive took the matter to the Supreme Court for interpretation.
Obiagwu said, “it is not an excuse for the National Assembly to say that they must pass the amendment now.
“Amendment of the constitution is a serious business and I think it is right that the Supreme Court is looking into it.’’
According to him, LEDAP as an organization, is not convinced that the national assembly has followed all the procedure for constitutional amendment.
He said that the procedure was laid out clearly in Sections 8 and 9; “it is not just two-third majority of the National Asembly but there should also be a resolution of two-third of state Houses of Assembly.
“We welcome the development because those procedures have to be scrutinized.’’