- Governors of the 36 state have finally made a U-turn
- After a barren fight, the governors have accepted the need for other arms to be financially independent
- Governor Kayode Fayemi and his colleagues took the humble pie after the presidency refused to retrace its decision on the executive order 10
On Tuesday, June 9, it became clear that the federal government is not ready to bow down to the pressure from governors over financial autonomy for the state legislature and judiciary.
The federal government had given hints on the possibility of retracing its decision after meeting with the governors through their chairman, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state.
But in a subsequent move, Abubakar Malami who is the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice said there is no going back on the executive order 10 granting approval for the autonomy.
The minister said the governors have accepted the principle of separation of power among all the tiers of government.
He said presidency and the states governors will fashion out the modalities of implementing the directives which will see the budge of the other two arms submitted separately henceforth.
Speaking through his special assistant on media, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Malami explained that contrary to the speculation, the governors did not halt the implementation of the order.
Malami said the executive order will help entrench the principle of democracy till the grassroots.
Meanwhile, Governor Fayemi met with the president on Monday, June 8, and disclosed that "President Buhari agreed to delay the gazetting."
He said the 36 governors have reached a consensus to recognise the autonomy for the state lawmakers and the judiciary system.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that in what is apparently indicative a counter-move, governors raised dust against the executive order 10.
The governors, who met under the aegis of NGF, rejected the president's order and described it as an unnecessary distraction.
President Muhammadu Buhari granted the autonomy on Friday, May 22, which mandated the state governor to always include the allocations of the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.
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