Budget: Buhari set to sack heads of agencies, parastatals

Sheri Evans
March 17, 2018

In the plaintiff's originating summons, the court is urged to declare that the legislative powers vested in the National Assembly by the constitution do not empower it with the right or authority to dictate to INEC the way and manner it should organise, undertake and supervise elections to the offices of the President, Vice President, the Governor and Deputy Governor of a state as well as federal and state legislators, among other declarations.

However, most Principal officers elected on the platform People's Democratic Party (PDP) were absent at the meeting.

Those absent were Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Godswill Akpabio (Minority Leader), Emmanuel Bwacha (Deputy Minority Leader) and Biodun Olujimi-Deputy (Minority Whip).

Although the Like Minds Senators dominated the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus of the Senate in 2015, the leadership of the group is said to be making intense efforts to garner ample support.

But briefing journalists after the Senate plenary session, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Publicity and Senate spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, noted that any action that would be taken by the Senate on Mr President's letter would come after the adoption of the letter into its votes and proceedings of today.

He said that the meeting did not discuss the bills passed by the NASS which the President declined assent. Al-Hassan Dogowa, Deputy Whip, Hon.

Recall that at the end of the meeting on Thursday night, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, had told reporters that Buhari had directed all ministers and parastatals to appear before the National Assembly to defend their budgets.

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The Accord party had approached the court with a motion seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the National Assembly from taking any further action or actions on the Bill titled Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018, particularly, to convene to pass the said Bill into Law, by two-thirds majority of its two chambers, pending the final determination of the substantive originating summon.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Saraki said it was an interaction between the National Assembly and the executive.

Saraki said the legislature was working on the budget, noting that some agencies had yet to defend their budget. "We are hoping that they will appear soon", he said.

Namdas disclosed that the National Assembly stood by the new bill that the presidential poll would be held last, but excluding the two reasons it was in agreement with Buhari. "All I can tell you specifically is that we are working very hard on it and we want to assure Nigerians that at the end of the day we will have a budget that will serve the objective of Nigerians".

According to him Buhari gave an update on what he was doing about the economy, security and job creation.

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