Don’t Sign 2017 Budget, Falana Advises Osinbajo
It appears the speculation surrounding who signs the 2017 budget is not ending anytime soon.
A human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has advised the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo not to sign the 2017 budget because it was illegally increased by the National Assembly.
He also said that President Muhammadu Buhari is not competent to sign the appropriation bill into law because he is on vacation.
Falana spoke in Ilorin, during a colloquium organised by the Movement for Genuine Change to mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of Kwara State.
He explained that once Buhari had transmitted a letter to the National Assembly that he was proceeding on vacation, all presidential powers had automatically been transferred to Osinbajo who is now the Acting President.
He stated that until the President writes another letter to the federal parliament at the end of his vacation, he cannot exercise the powers of his office.
Falana said, “The President is not competent to sign any bill into law while he is on vacation. The constitution did not envisage that a President who is on a vacation and an acting president, who is standing proxy for him will be exercising presidential powers simultaneously.
“To that extent, pending the resumption of duties by President Buhari, the Acting President, Prof. Osinbajo, is competent to sign all bills validly passed by the NASS.”