In what is apparently indicative a counter-move, governors have raised dust against the executive order 10 granting financial autonomy to the state legislatures and the judiciary.
According to a report contained in The Nation, the governors, who met under the aegis of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), rejected the president’s order and described it as an unnecessary distraction.
Recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari granted the autonomy on Friday, May 22, which mandated the state governor to always include the allocations of the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.
Governors have now objected to the decision, describing it as an unnecessary move which is against section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution.
The chairman of the governors’ forum, Governor Kayode John Fayemi of Ekiti state, reportedly took the order to the President Buhari and the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami.
Fayemi was said to have met in separate meetings with President Buhari and Malami who doubles as the Minister of Justice on Thursday, May 28, in Abuja
“We mandated the NGF chairman, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to have audience with the President and Malami to avoid recourse to legal tussle on the interpretation of Section 121 (3) of the 1999 Constitution,” a governor from the north-central region said.
“We prefer dialogue to confrontation because we consider Executive Order 19 as unnecessary and an over-kill of the existing constitutional provision. You can see that in the last few days, AGF Malami has been trying to justify EO 10.”