Budget Padding: APC’s Coverup Plot Fails

Budget Padding: APC’s Coverup Plot Fails

By Chidi Arua | News Reporter on August 7, 2016
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All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun pictured with President Muhammadu Buhari (r) at the NEC meeting of the Party on March 24, 2016

There are strong indications that moves by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to resolve the crisis in the House of Representatives over budget padding have failed.

It has been gathered that the ousted chairman of the house committee on appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, was insisting on investigations of the petitions he submitted to security agencies.

The party, it was learnt, after the meeting it held with Jibrin on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, had been appealing to the lawmaker to withdraw his petitions so that the crisis could be handled as “a family affair.”

It was, however, gathered that while the former chairman of the appropriation committee had yielded to the party’s request not to discuss the issue in the media, he had not agreed to withdraw his petitions.

The APC, in a letter to the former appropriation committee on Thursday, August 4, 2016, directed the lawmaker to stop “transmitting an opinion on the matter to the public” adding that it was, “looking into it towards finding possible solution.”

But a chieftain of the party told Punch that Jibrin had told party leaders that since the speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, said padding was not a crime, security agents should be allowed to do their job by investigating the matter.

The APC National Working Committee member stated, “We are still trying to resolve the issue amicably. We have not been able to find an internal solution to the problem.  Jibrin is insisting on pursuing the case.”

Jibrin had since Thursday stopped commenting on the allegation in the media after receiving a letter from the party leaders.

But the lawmaker, via his Twitter handle early on Saturday, August 6, 2016, made a veiled reference to a statement by Dogara that padding was not an offence, insisting that there was no going back on the crusade against budget padding in the House.

“I am carefully observing things with sealed lips while others are talking.  I am with Nigerians and there is no going back on this crusade!!!”

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  1. I find it depressing that the APC as a political party who prides itself on transparency, equity, justice nd fairplay, could engage in perversion of truth nd justice in budget padding allegations. Even after the accused dishonourable speaker has openlt stated that budget padding is not a crime ! So why was the brouhaha when PMB refused to sign the budget back some months ago ? Are we now to believe all the noise back then was just “political machismo” . Exactly why is nobody frm the Presidency saying anything nd the Police & EFCC doing fucko ! Why is governance like this in Nigeria ??? Suddenly the war on corruption has gone on holiday. Is the government & Police saying the speaker is untouchable ? Why is he still in position as speaker of our lower chamber. The impunity nd audacity of his utterance that budget padding is not a Crime ! No progressive polity can survive the way we do in Nigeria. Maybe the Military should come bk ( did I just say that ?) Nigeria just don’t appear to be governed by law nd order or policy driven. Look at the joke our fiscal nd monetary policy has turned to with the pilgrimage subsidy. Soon enuff, it’ll be the turn of Christians to go on their own pilgrimage ! If the government is serious about diversification, all the billions wasted on this should av been channeled into agricultural projects anywhere in the country. We are treading on dangerous grounds here bc the traditionalists could come ask for their own subsidy nd the government would be obliged under Equal Opportunities policy. I hope Nigeria has one ! ! !

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