President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to present the 2019 budget of N8.7 trillion before a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday amid threat of a boycott by members of the House of Representatives.
The president’s request for a Wednesday date was made in a letter read on the floor of the House of Representatives by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
Reacting, however, some members said the remark by Minister of Budget, Udo Udoma, reported by a section of the media yesterday, was derogatory of the National Assembly.
The minister was quoted to have said the legislators were delaying the presentation of the budget.
There has been frosty relations between the executive and the legislature in the last couple of months.
Citing Order 6, Rule 14 of the House Standing Orders, Abubakar Adamu (APC, Niger) requested that the lawmakers demand immediate, unreserved and public apology from Udoma or else the president would not be received at the National Assembly on Wednesday.
He said: “The Minister of Budget and National Planning lied in order to portray the National Assembly as an irresponsible institution.
“We are not irresponsible people Mr. Speaker, contrary to the Minister’s portrayal.
“We hereby demand total, unreserved public apology or the President will meet an empty House when he comes to present the budget,” Adamu said.
Other lawmakers supported Adamu’s position, including Rotimi Agunsoye (APC, Lagos) who moved that the House should summon Udo Udoma.