National Assembly: South West Caucus to Meet AGs on Constitution Review

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To further the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution, a meeting has been summoned between the South-West Caucus in the National Assembly and attorneys-general of the states in the South-West geopolitical zone. Dating Friday, 23rd July, 2021, the news has it that the agency founded by the caucus and governors of the geopolitical zone would soon set off to work on expressing the interests of the zone.

Mr. Olufemi Fakeye, leader of the South-West Caucus in the House of Representatives responded during an interview that governors of the South-West states had earlier met with the members of the National Assembly from the zone on July 6, 2021.

Present at the meeting were Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State), Governor Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Governer Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Governor Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) and Governor Dapo Abiodun(Ogun). After the meeting, Akeredolu announced that the South-West would be jointly embracing the Constitution amendment exercise through the setup committee.

Another member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Fakeye, unveiled that the committee would keep all hands on deck, even in the sparse of the two-month annual recess ushered the National Assembly. Fakaye said that, “The committee has yet to start working. What they (governors) asked was that the National Assembly (caucus), consistent with the agreement during that meeting, should send nominees to the attorneys-general of the six South-West states. We (leaders of the caucus) were supposed to be part of the committee.

The House will send four nominees including the leader – that is my humble self; and the Senate will do the same thing – three members plus the caucus leader. We have agreed to meet by Zoom. We are getting the memos together and administratively, we will look at the memos. We have agreed that to the extent that people will be scattered all over the country and the world during the break period, we would be using Zoom.”

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