Constitution amendment: Southern, Northern Senators renew hostilities

Less than one year after the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly, Senators from the North and their counterparts from the South are heading for a collision in a battle of supremacy. While the Southern offensive is led by lawmakers from the Southwest, the Northern front is led by former governors from Northwest and Northeast.

A lawmaker from the South-West, who has attended some of the meetings where issues that will redefine the country were discussed, told Saturday Sun in confidence that the renewed power struggle has the endorsement of major leaders from the South, who are bent on taming the growing influence of some senators in the upper legislative chamber.

He warned that if Southern senators don’t work hard, the ongoing constitution review exercise may be frustrated by angry Northern lawmakers. He said the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio and other Southern leaders must up their game to ensure that the needed two-third majority is secured to affect any amendment in the constitution.

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