FG has no power to seize States’ funds – Senator Ike Ekweremadu

Ex-Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Friday, said the Federal Government has no power to hold onto funds belonging to State Governments over the implementation of the recent order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The President had signed an Executive Order which provides for full autonomy of the States Houses of Assembly and the Judiciary.

As a further push towards its implementation, Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had cautioned that States that refuse to comply with the Executive Order may have their funds withheld.

But Speaking in Enugu, Ekweremadu said “the FG has no such powers, the Supreme Court has said so.”

He likewise announced that the contentious Infectious Disease Bill at present before the National Assembly will fail.

He offered assurances to concerned Nigerians in an on-going Dream FM, Enugu program ‘Political Voices’, being checked.

Ekweremadu, speaking to Enugu West Senatorial Zone pronounced that “the bill is more dangerous than the infectious disease itself,” adding that “the provisions of the bill are not in tandem with our constitution.”

He said the bill will absolutely not be passed.