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NASS won't oppose APC on 2016 Budget - Dogara

22 April 2016, 07:40

Abuja - The National Assembly will not oppose the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by overriding a veto regarding the 2016 Budget Appropriation Bill, Speaker Yakubu Dogara said on Thursday.

According to a Naij report, Dogara stated that no matter how provoked they may become, the executive and Parliament will not fight over differenced arising from the controversial fiscal document.

“We know that as leaders, our responsibility is not to fight. It is one government and this government will take the active collaboration of the judiciary, legislature and the executive to be able to deliver on the mandate.”

Also read: Buhari returns budget, holds meeting with Saraki on Friday

“We cannot form an opposition within the same government. The executive cannot constitute itself into an opposition within the system in the same government, neither can the parliament, even though it is a bipartisan one,” Dogara said.

According to the Speaker, the National Assembly was well within its powers to make amendments to the budget before passing it due to the duties of the executive stopping at providing the legislature with estimates which it then prepares into an appropriation law.

“And we have exercised that constitutional right and privilege which is exclusively reserved for the National Assembly using the document that is before the president. And as we all know, a law requires the assent of the president, that is one of the instrumentalities of checks and balances that democracy guarantees,” stated Dogara.

Read more at Naij

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