Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
The Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has described the action of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti cautioning China against granting a $2 billion loan to Nigeria as an attempted economic sabotage and subversion.
Gbajabiamila, in a letter dated April 18, 2016 addressed to President Xi Jingping of China, urged a complete disregard of the letter written by Fayose, whose duties, he noted, do not extend to foreign affairs or economic diplomacy.
“Fayose is a Governor who overreaches himself and can be described as a meddlesome interloper, the majority leader said and added that the Governor’s actions should be excused as vituperations and exuberance,” he said.
“Nigeria’s principle of the separation of powers between the Federal, state and local government, have made Fayose’s action a clear affront on the constitution, by delving into matters outside his state, particularly as it concerns international agreements between two sovereign nations,” the leader added.
“Indeed the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of our Republic contains the oath of office sworn to by the governor of a state in assumption of office and it states: ‘…that I will exercise the authority vested in me as Governor so as not to impede or prejudice the authority lawfully vested in the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the letter read.
Gbajabiamila added that for Fayose to refer to a $2 billion loan as a $6 billion investment package shows that he is not fully aware of the transaction between Nigerian and China.
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