Party representatives disrupt 2014 budget debate

In what appears to be a compliance of the directives of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to block all executive bills, the APC lawmakers have vowed not to touch the budget as according to them, they were given only the summary of the budget and as such it is against their laws to treat the budget. The drama started when the leader of the House, Mulikat Akande Adeola, read the bill for consideration, and a point of order was raised by Rep. Emmanuel Jime (APC Benue), noting it is the violation of section 21 subsection (1) 2 &3 of the provision of the fiscal responsibility act. According to him, “what we have here is a purported summary of the budget and the law required that the full estimate must accompany the budget to the House before the House could start debate on it”. He argued that the House as a lawmaking body has the responsibility to draw the attention of the Executive whenever they run foul of the law and should not be seen to be condoning constitutional breaches. Jime argued that in as much as the parliament had in the past allowed the Executive to violate the constitution and go scot free, the time has come for the trend to be stopped. Meanwhile the speaker announced on the floor that the House would suspend plenary for two days (Wednesday and Thursday), to allow the members of the APC to go to their constituencies for their nationwide membership registration.


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