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PDP lawmakers reject Buhari's letter on budget

19 January 2016, 16:43

Abuja - There was a mild drama on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday when some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demanded that a letter written by President Muhammadu Buhari on corrections made to the 2016 budget proposal should be disregarded, reports Daily Trust.

The PDP lawmakers accused President Buhari of usurping the power of the National Assembly by making corrections to the budget.

The PDP lawmakers, who spoke immediately after the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara read Buhari’s letter, noted that the powers to amend any budget lie with the parliament.

Also read: Buhari requests withdrawal of 2016 budget

Leo Ogor, the Minority Leader, who led the protest, urged the House to reject Buhari’s letter.

Dogara, however, overruled him, noting that there was nowhere in Buhari’s letter that showed that the President was amending the budget.

The PDP lawmakers on the floor did not allow Dogara make his point clearly as they kept interrupting him with "no, no, no.

It took some time before Dogara calmed them down and continued with his comments.

Read more at Daily Trust.

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