Obono-Obla accuses governors of meddlesomeness, disrespecting Buhari
Former special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla has accused governors of being meddlesome.
He said they were attempting to usurp the functions of the National Assembly and disrespect the President.
In a statement, Obono-Obla wondered why governors were lobbying President Buhari not to sign into law the Electoral Repeal and Re-Enactment Bill, 2021.
“The governors should realise that it is unconstitutional for them to meddle into the province of law-making, which is the exclusive preserve of the National Assembly.
“It is also disrespectful of them to tell the President what to do. The President has never meddled or interfered with what the governors do in their States. Why are the governors so opposed to reforms the President initiates always?” He asked.
He also wondered what the governors are actually looking for, recalling that the President issued executive orders granting financial autonomy to the judiciary, legislature and local governments, yet the governors vehemently opposed it.
He also recalled that the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit issued a regulation to stop money laundering concerning allocations from the federation accounts to local government councils, and the governors went to court to oppose it.
He said the Nigerian constitution has delineated the functions of the three branches of government, namely the executive, legislature, and judiciary, and also spelt out the functions and powers of the Governors of the 36 States.
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