Port Harcourt - The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has told the National Assembly not to play politics with the 2016 budget
The party said it supports the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to return the 2016 Budget to the National Assembly and not to assent to it until the lawmakers restore the removed portions.
The party in a statement signed by its chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, argued that the lawmakers erred in removing what the party described as critical aspects of the 2016 Appropriation Bill, saying that what NASS submitted to the Presidency on Thursday was unacceptable.
The party described the action of the lawmakers has unacceptable because these are some of the key projects with which the present administration can positively impact on the country’s economy and meaningfully touch the lives of the generality of Nigerians.
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The party's statement read in part: “We are shocked to read in the papers about the removal of some of the critical portions of the 2016 Budget by the National Assembly.
“We wish to emphasise that this unholy act by NASS is unacceptable because these are some of the key projects with which the present administration can positively impact on the country’s economy and meaningfully touch the lives of the generality of Nigerians.
“By rejecting the doctored budget by NASS, President Buhari has once more proved that he is not just an ordinary leader but a patriotic, astute, caring leader and a true statesman who means well for the emancipation and greatness of this nation.
"We therefore appeal to our distinguished lawmakers not to fall into the hands of parochial and enemies of our nation by doing the needful to avoid being tagged as working against the common interest of the people of Nigeria.
"We plead very sincerely with our lawmakers not to play politics with this budget as it will go a long way in restoring hope and faith to our people.
:We urge Nigerians to exercise patience and continue to have faith in the APC led Federal Government as it will surely bring smiles to the faces of the good people of this nation.”
- News 24