Nigerian Lawmakers Vow To Resist APC ‘Block Budget Directive’

Some lawmakers of the Nigerian House of Representatives have vowed to resist any attempt by lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to frustrate the passage of the 2014 budget.

An alliance of Lawmakers from the PDP, APGA, Accord and Labour parties, on Monday, said that the directive by the APC was unpatriotic and anti-progressive.

The alliance is a new group in the House of Representatives called National Unity Group and it is made up of lawmakers from the PDP, APGA, Accord and Labour parties.

The spokesman of the group, Bitrus Kaze, said that the lawmakers would not stand by and watch the APC, ‘greedy with mischief’, frustrate the hopes of millions of Nigerians.

Another group of lawmakers in the house said the directive was a desperate attempt by the APC to frustrate the government and called their colleagues in the APC to disregard the directive.

Hon. Olusegun Odebunmi urge the APC lawmakers to be conscious of issues affecting lives and properties of Nigerians home and abroad irrespective of their political or religious interest.

Another lawmaker, Yakubu Barde, urged the APC member to look beyond the directive and see the consequences, which would be detrimental to the interest of the larger population of Nigeria.

An APC member in the house said the APC caucus had not met to discuss the matter.

Some Peoples Democratic party lawmakers said that they were already trying to persuade other APC lawmakers in the house not to block the budget in the interest of Nigerians.

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