In this video, Adnan Ibrahim argues against Ijma'. He also quotes Imam Ahmed:

"قال " من ادَّعى الإجماع فقد كذب ، وما يدريه لعل الناس اختلفوا
Imam Ahmed said: "The one calling upon ijma' has lied!"

The same quote is found here, more context of it:

والإجماع إجماعان ، إجماع ظني وإجماع قطعي ، والأول هو الذي يثبت بالبحث والتحري عن أقوال الأئمة ، ويحتاج من مثبته إلى استقراء لكتب الخلاف ، وهو الذي أنكره الإمام أحمد وقال " من ادَّعى الإجماع فقد كذب ، وما يدريه لعل الناس اختلفوا " .

In this video, he denies ijma' to be a part of his methods of usul al fiqh.

Which sunni scholars denied ijma' as a method among the methods in usul al fiqh?
This question is of course based on another question, did any sunni scholars really deny ijma?

Disclaimer: I am not supposing these quotes are proofs too deny ijma', rather it seems some have used them when aruging against ijma'. I know they are possible to be interpreted in another way in its context. Also, it seems to be different interpretations of what exactly is ijma'. And the person denying ijma' isn't necessary denying the matters as five prayers a day and such.

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    You may have realized that my answers lately are rather short and often incomplete (because of lack of time). And this comment only reflects my impression and a question i have in mind since i started reading about the dispute about ijma' and the differences about majorities when it comes to fatwas and opinions. I don't feel like having the time to investigate at the moment.
    – Medi1Saif
    May 16, 2017 at 11:24
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    @Medi1Saif I see! If you do get time in the near future I'd appreciate a (well written) answer from you (as usual)!
    – Kilise
    May 16, 2017 at 11:31
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    Of note, there are different opinions of what ijma even is and how/when to apply it (see related: islam.stackexchange.com/a/441/22). So it's probable that most scholars did deny certain forms of ijma while accepting others, rather than the whole concept of ijma itself.
    – goldPseudo
    May 16, 2017 at 17:40
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    @Medi1Saif — Actually Ibn Hanbal's quote is chopped and out of context. It was mentioned by his son 'Abdullah in relation to Bushr Al-Marrisi and Abu Bakr Al-Assam in specific. Al-Shafi'i's quote is about what constitutes ijma', rather than denying it. Without an understanding of what the specific definition being asked about, it will be difficult to answer in context.
    – III-AK-III
    May 17, 2017 at 11:22
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    @Kilise — Thanks. The second video will take time to watch and understand. From the few minutes that I watched, I can see that the argument is similar to that of Al-Judai' and Al-Qaradawi. This is not to say that the question is easy to answer :-), but at least the views on this specific definition can be discussed: ijma' is when the first three generations all agree on the same ruling.
    – III-AK-III
    May 17, 2017 at 11:44

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In this playlist you will find many evidences from Quran, Hadith, Companions and those who came after the companions who have rejected Ijma'. Ijma' in it's current form is a man made principles, used by people to patch the religion of Allah swt. This playlist clarifies everything: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdgHrXZm8HpNFEIkSu3QToTvGGPVp1-cc

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