President Muhammadu Buhari has exercised his constitutional powers by signing a proclamation ordering the 9th National assembly to hold its first session on June 11th 2019.
In a statement made available to Politics Nigeria on Monday, the President made the move in line with Section 64(3) of the constitution as amended in 1999. It read;
“WHEREAS IT IS PROVIDED IN SECTION 64(3) OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC NIGERIA, 1999 (AS AMENDED) THAT THE PERSON ELECTED AS PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE POWER TO ISSUE A PROCLAMATION FOR THE HOLDING OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IMMEDIATELY AFTER HIS BEING SWORN-IN.”
“NOW, THEREFORE, |. MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, IN EXERCISE OF THE POWERS BESTOWED UPON ME BY SECTION 64(3) AFORESAID. AND OF ALL OTHER POWERS ENABLING ME IN THAT BEHALF, HEREBY PROCLAIM THAT THE FIRST SESSION OF THE NINTH (9™4) NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SHALL
HOLD AT 10:00 AM ON TUESDAY, 11™ JUNE, 2019, IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, ABUJA. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE PUBLIC SEAL OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT ABUJA, THIS 30TH DAY OF MAY 2018.”