The senate has adviced Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to be mindful of Femi Falana SAN for asking the vice president not to sign the 2017 budget until the National Assembly removed the N448 billion added to it.
In response to the statement credited to Falana, in which he said the National Assembly lacked the powers to increase the budget, the Senate said the power of the purse was domiciled in the National Assembly.
It added that the budget proposal remained an estimate until the National Assembly looked at it thoroughly for it to become an Appropriation Act to be assented to by the President.
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Senator Abdullahi, said: ‘’He (Falana) is entitled to his opinion. We have been hearing so much from his these days. It’s like we want to comment on everything. I liken him to those they call Charlie, Charlie lawyer. He is looking for attention. Let him take us to court if he so wishes.”
Also speaking with Vanguard, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP, Abia North) and a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, who specifically asked the Acting President to be very careful of some persons like Falana, said: “Acting President Yemi Osinbajo should be careful of what comes out of some persons.
“Budget comes to the National Assembly as estimate and until the National Assembly works on it, it cannot be an Appropriation Act when it is assented to.”
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