ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, ABUJA
Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Thursday vowed not to concede the parliament power to the executive.
Saraki made this known in reaction to statement credited to Acting President on Power of Appropriation of the National Assembly.
He assured his colleague that consultation with Executive by the leadership of the Senate is not tantamount to compromising the legislators’ power to appropriate.
Saraki said: “Am sure that the Acting President must have been misquoted because there is clearly no ambiguity in the Constitution of the responsibility of the National Assembly. This matter has been cleared and settled. So, I don’t think there are any issues here that are vague. I will like to believe too that the Acting President must have been wrongly quoted.
“But at the same time, I want to say that there are times we have a number of consultations and I want to make it clear that these consultations we do with the Executive will not at any time mean that we will give up the powers we have in line with the Constitution.
“I want to reassure our members on this because it is very important because based on what we have heard, you may be concerned that one way or another leadership had given up some of these powers. That is not the case. But I believe that as responsible statesmen, there are times we consult and do our best to work with the Executive and assist them.
“But as we bend backwards, I don’t think that should be misrepresented that powers given to us in the Constitution do not exist. That is not the case, and this Senate will continue to defend the Constitution and ensure that anything we do is in line with the laws of the land.”
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