The controversial senator representing Kogi West senatorial district at the upper chamber of national assembly has took a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over the speech he gave yesterday while appending his signature on the 2018 budget after 8 months.
Dino Melaye who has since recently being critical of the president Buhari-led executive arm and the leadership of APC over what he termed undemocractic approach to governance and politics in his recent opinion which released on social media reads, ” I notice that PMB is trying to whip up sentiments agsinst the National Assembly again by alleging that the 2018 budget was padded.”
“What the President is authorised to do constitutionally is to present the National Assembly with a bill. A bill is a work in progress and not the finished work. The reason the Constitution directs the Bill to be submitted to the N/A is that it expects the N/A to vet it and make inputs into such a Bill before passing it as the Appropriation Act.”
“The National Assembly is not just expected to rubber stamp whatever Bill the President presents. If this was the norm then there would have been no need for the Constitution to direct that the Bill be submitted to the N/A in the first place.”
“Mr. President should therefore refrain from playing to the gallery and milking the naivety of the masses on the issue.”
“In any event, he reserves the prerogative of refusing to append his signature to the Bill passed if it meets with his displeasure. He is also free to return the Bill to the N/A unsigned with a note indicating his areas of disaffection. “
“Therefore Mr. President should halt his chicanery and smear campaign of the National Assembly.”
“I also ask, in the last three years of this administration: What has been the percentage of implementation of capital budget? ”
“The powers and authority of the National Assembly can not be eroded by the presidency.
The National Assembly is not a department of the Presidency.”