Vanguard (Lagos)

8 February 2013

Nigeria: 2013 Budget - PDP Dismisses Opposition Members Threat to Override Jonathan

Abuja — The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Olisa Metuh, said on Friday that the 2013 budget would be signed into law after President Goodluck Jonathan's perusal.

This assurance is contained in a statement issued in Abuja.

"President Jonathan is taking his time to study the budget to ensure that its provisions were in the interest of Nigerians," Metuh said.

According to him, the president 's action is in line with his mandate and constitutional

power as he needed to study the budget to ensure that the welfare of Nigerians is guaranteed.

Metuh stressed the need for caution on the part of the opposition lawmakers in issuing their threat to override the president's veto in the event that the budget fails to receive the presidential assent.

The statement said the president was studying the budget in "his usual meticulousness and commitment to the general welfare of Nigerians".

He said that the opposition lawmakers' threat would be taken serious if the PDP were not in the majority in the both chambers of the National assembly.

He expressed the belief that the National Assembly was made up of brilliant and patriotic Nigerians who should place the national interest over and above other interests in passing the budget.

Metuh was reacting to a statement credited to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila that the National Assembly would not hesitate to override the president's veto should the appropriation bill return to the lawmakers without presidential assent.

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