Budget Padding: APC Bars Dogara, Jibrin, Other Reps From Talking To Press


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Apparently disturbed
by the dimension the padding
allegations surrounding the
2016 budget has taken, the All
Progressive yesterday barred Speaker
of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; former
chairman of Appropriation
Committee, Abdulmunin Jibrin,
and other lawmakers from
talking to the press on the issue.
Dogara and Jibrin Towards this direction, the party
formally wrote a letter to the
leadership of the House which it
also copied other members
elected on its platform, barring
them from making further comments on the allegations to
the media.
A source privy to this, who
confirmed the information,
yesterday, stated that APC, after
seeing the dimension the controversy was taking, had
come to the realisation that, if left
to fester in public domain, the
issue was capable of destroying
the anti corruption drive of APC-
led government. He said: “If the question must be
asked about the integrity of the
Appropriation Act, certain
responsibilities would also be
placed at the doorstep of the
President, who signed the document that is now adjudged
to be padded.
“The question must also be
asked that at what point did the
executive decide to sign the
document and under what circumstance?
“So should the leadership of the
House or the National Assembly
take the blames alone, because it
takes two to tango, as far as
passing and signing a bill into law is concerned?
“So I think the APC has now
realised that if it allows the
warring parties to continue the
macabre dance, the world could
also begin to see its failings. Padding non-existent in
legislative parlance —Group
Also yesterday, a group, Faculty
Board of Initiatives, FBI, a think-
tank, comprising seven former
and serving members of the House of Representatives, has
said the National Assembly could
not be said to have padded the
budget, saying ‘padding’ was
unknown to lexicon of the
Legislature. Addressing journalists on behalf
of the group at NASS Complex,
the former member and
erstwhile spokesman of the
House of Representatives, Eseme
Eyibo, said the issue of alleged padding of budget in the House
was a misapplication of an
English word that never existed
in the dictionary of the
Legislature.
The former lawmaker, who spoke on the budget padding
allegations between the former
chairman of the House
Appropriation Committee,
Abdulmumin Jibrin and the
speaker, Yakubu Dogara, explained that the Legislature
derived powers under Section
80 subsection 4 of 1999
Constitution of Nigeria to make
inputs and adjustments into
annual budgets of the Federal Government and urged the
public to allow it exercise the
powers.