Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo Has The Power To Assent To Budget Says Enang
The Senior Special Assistant to President Mohammed Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang has said that the Acting President has the powers to assent to the 2017 budget.
Speaking with State House correspondents on Friday, Enang stated that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has the constitutional power to assent to the bill once he is satisfied with the content, shortly after he presented the budget to Osinbajo.
“Let me use this opportunity to clarify an issue. The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget and he will assent to it when the processes are completed.
“The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget. In February, he assented to seven or eight bills. Those that he didn’t agree with, he wrote the Senate and House of Representatives that he had withheld his assent from them.
“He has the power of the President to assent to it. But the assent to the Appropriation Bill will be after the completion of the standard operation process. The bill has 30 days to which it will be assented to but the process can be completed within two or three days.
“So, it is not possible to say it will be assented to in so, so and so day or in two or three days. It is upon the completion of the process that it will be assented to by the President and the President here now is the Acting President.”