An Abuja based human right lawyer , Barrister Ugochukwu Osuagwu has urged the leadership of the National Assembly to urgently reconvene the National Assembly and consider the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) budget in the interest of the nation.
Barrister Osuagwu, who regretted the controversy surrounding the reconvening of the National Assembly, described the delay in the approval of INEC budget as unnecessary and uncalled for, adding that such unwarranted delay is capable of truncating the 2019 election.
President Muhammadu Buhari had last month written to the leadership of the National Assembly requesting for the approval of 242 billion budget for the Independent National Electoral Commission.
He stated that the timely approval of the INEC budget was crucial to enable the commission commence adequate preparation for the 2019 general election, noting that the budget was critical to the success of next year’s election.
“ Election is February next year and up until now, INEC budget has not been approved as requested by Mr President. The leadership of NASS should expedite action in the process of reconvening the Assembly and quickly consider and approve the budget. The National Assembly should pass the budget between now and first week of September otherwise 2019 is in danger. INEC has a lot to put in place as they would have to hire adhoc staff and acquire some equipment and other necessary expenditure.”
He dismissed insinuation by the opposition that the budget was frivolous and a ploy by the ruling party to use it as a conduit pipe to rig next year’s election .
Meanwhile, the legal luminary denied media reports quoting him as calling for the sack of the electoral umpire chairman , Prof Mahmood Yakubu, claiming that he was misquoted.
All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from LEADERSHIP Nigeria Newspapers. Contact: [email protected]
NEWS17 hours ago
Again, Gemade Defects To Another Party
POLITICS14 hours ago
Kwara 2019: Imposition Of Candidate Will Be Counter-productive – Saliu Mustapha
COVER STORIES18 hours ago
Court Stops Ex-parte Orders On All Political Cases
NEWS16 hours ago
Why I Dumped PDP For SDP – Duke
NEWS18 hours ago
Edo APC Settles For Indirect Primaries
CRIME18 hours ago
Nigeria, Niger Sign MoU To Tackle Boko Haram
NEWS18 hours ago
My Sack Blessing In Disguise, Says Former SGF Lawal
NEWS14 hours ago
APC In Ikeja Protests Reelection Of House Of Rep Member