Civil Rights Lawyer Tunji Abayomi Warns Osinbajo Against Signing 2017 Budget, Vows To Sue National Assembly
Lawyer and pro-democracy activist, Mr. Tunji Abayomi, has warned the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, not to sign the 2017 budget into law and advised him to initiate a public interest litigation against the National Assembly for increasing the budget submitted to it for approval by the President.
Mr. Abayomi’s position was made known in a letter to the acting President. Dated 23 May, the letter described the decision of the federal legislature to increase the budget by an estimated N143billion as unconstitutional and a reboot of the “primary source of conflict between the Executive and the Legislative arms of government” since the country returned to civil rule in 1999.
The pro-democracy activist noted that the National Assembly is empowered by the constitution only to approve the budget, not to create a budget head, insert projects in the budget, increase the budget submitted to it or allocate money as it wishes.
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