Wike Dismisses Proposed Constitutional Amendment as Waste of Time, Hails Judiciary

Nyesom Wike, Constitution, Amendment, Waste of time

The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on Saturday dismissed the planned amendment of the 1999 Constitution by the national assembly as a waste of time, saying the executive and legislative arms of government are largely responsible for the issues confronting the country.

Wike, who was speaking during a special banquet in honour of the retiring President of Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa at the government house in Port Harcourt, added that the proposed constitutional amendment by the 9th national assembly would not bring any desired change, just like other previous amendments.

Justice Bulkachuwa said she was in Rivers State as part of her valedictory process, which is a tradition of the Court of Appeal. She explained that she had been in Asaba, Awka, and Enugu, where she held her first valedictory session. She also visited Kano and would go to Ilorin, Gombe and Yola as part of the retirement process, which would end in Abuja.

The governor noted that even when the 8th national assembly passed the Electoral Act that recognised the use of card reader in the election, President Muhammadu Buhari refused to give his assent.

Wike commended the judiciary for remaining the most outstanding arm of government in the country, urging the other arms to also wake up to their duties.


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