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Lawyer Tasks NASS On INEC Budget



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.