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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, must have covered his face in shame, on Tuesday, as President Muhammadu Buhari, stood for 69-minutes (from 2.22 pm to 3.31 pm), to deliver his budget speech of over 6000 words, to the joint session of the National Assembly.
Recall, that Fayose before now had called on Buhari to resign, due to his poor health and inability to deliver long speeches, especially during the Independence day broadcast.
Nonetheless, the very vocal Governor was nowhere to be found, after the President’s outstanding performance yesterday.
Clad in a light blue brocade, Buhari entered the Chamber at 2.02 pm, accompanied by the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun, the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, among others.
Buhari spoke extensively on the implementation of 2017 budget, and the thrust of the 2018 proposal, with many waiting anxiously, thinking Mr. President might collapse for standing too long.

However, Buhari proved them wrong.
When He spoke about the allocation for the Zonal Intervention Programme, otherwise known as Constituency projects, some of the Lawmakers clapped, while others murmured.
At the tail end of the speech by 3.24 pm, the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, sent a note to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
After reading it, Saraki broke into laughter before handing it over to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who was also overwhelmed with laughter after reading it.
Lawmakers and all others present clapped immediately after the President’s speech.
At the end of the session, the Lawmakers besieged the walkway of the Chamber, to have a handshake with the President, thus delaying his departure for about 10 minutes.

Earlier, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, was besieged by some House Members, who were seen requesting for his phone number, before the commencement of the program.
There was general laughter, as Rep Obinna Chidoka (PDP, Anambra), took about five minutes to deliver the opening prayers. The Muslim version of the prayer was delivered by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (APC, Kebbi).
Meanwhile, some members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the House of Reps., who had planned to stage a protest during the President’s budget presentation, failed to do so.
The PDP Lawmakers who went into the Chamber with placards carrying various inscriptions, before Buhari’s arrival, shelved the plan, following a last-minute appeal by some of their colleagues, especially the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.
The Lawmakers’ grouse, it was gathered, was the poor implementation of the 2017 budget, which is said to be about 15 percent.
Members of the House had earlier today, held a closed-door session for about two hours, where the leadership of the House appealed to the Lawmakers not to protest.
The PDP Lawmakers, had designed placards with various inscriptions such as ‘Change The Change’, ‘Implement the 2017 Budget or Resign’, ‘10% Implementation of Capital Projects is Wickedness’, among others.

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