The Peoples Democratic Party caucus of the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed into law the sum of N80.94 billion as budgetary provision for the 2015 fiscal year.
The Speaker of the House, Hon. Dele Olugbemi, who briefed journalists after the short sitting, said Governor Ayodele Fayose presented the sum of N80.77 billion to the House, but was increased to the present status to be able to attend to some renovation to be carried out in the Assembly.
The factional Speaker maintained that the lawmakers ensured that all the three arms of government, Executive, Judiciary and the Legislature, were well represented for financial balancing in the system in the budget proposal.
Meanwhile, the embattled Speaker, Dr Adewale Omirin, and the 18 other lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress, described the passage of the appropriation bill into law as illegal and an exercise in futility.
The lawmakers explained that the seven PDP lawmakers were lawfully suspended at a sitting two weeks ago in Ado-Ekiti where resolutions on the autonomy for the local governments and House of Assembly, among others, were passed and sent to the National Assembly as Ekiti State contributions to the constitution amendment process.