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Separation of Power: 10th NASS Photocopy of Executive – Kenneth Okonkwo laments
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Tue, 28 Nov 2023   ||   Nigeria,

Popular actor, Kenneth Okonkwo has described 10th National Assembly as a photocopy of the Executive.

He said this while lamenting that there is no separation of power between the executive and the 10th National Assembly.

Okonkwo, a spokesperson for the Labour Party presidential campaign council in the last election, said this during an interview with AIT.

He stressed that the 10th National Assembly is worse than the 9th assembly.

He opined that the opposition parties were busy justling for positions in the NASS, ignoring the alleged abuse of power by the executive.

The veteran actor-turned-politician alleged that President Bola Tinubu’s announcement of removing the fuel subsidy on May 29, 2023, was an abuse of power, stressing that there was an existing law opposing that.

He said, “I am of the opinion that the opposition has failed and failed woefully in Nigeria. They started failing on May 29, 2023.

“A president, in his inaugural speech, committed an abuse of power and I’m talking about the removal of fuel subsidies.

“There was already a law, PIA, that says the subsidy cannot go until the end of June. It is a law. The job of the president is to execute, administer and implement the law.

“The opposition should have immediately screamed. This is not a dictatorship. You were not elected to impose your will.

“There is a law already existing. You cannot even mention it. They were busy struggling for posts in the National Assembly. And then, the same person came out and chose a leader for you.

“And none of them could scream. Today, the National Assembly is the photocopy of the executive. We used to say that Senator Lawan was a rubber stamp but now we have a photocopy”.


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