Dogara, Lasu, Involved in ‘Budget padding’ – Jibrin

The budgeting crisis rock­ing the House of Rep­resentatives yesterday took another dimension as sacked Hon. Abdumumuni Jibrin insisted that only the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf La­sun, House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, were involved in the padding of the 2016 Budget.
Jibrin in a statement yester­day unfolded more revelations on how the budget was padded by the quartet.
He explained that contrary to the position of the Speaker and others, the entire House was not involved in the budget padding, but only the quartet.
He said: “I am compelled again for the purpose of em­phasis to state categorically clear that my allegations are against the quartet of Speak­er Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun, House Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor not the Honourable House as an institution nor other members of the body of principal offi­cers. The other members of the body of principal officers were to the best of my knowledge completely excluded from de­cisions on the 2016 budget and the budget inputs inserted on their names were exclusively carried out by these quartet.
“I have to state this very clearly because these QUAR­TET have resorted to desper­ate moves to drag the entire House of Representatives into the case of gross abuse of office I have leveled against them as individual Presid­ing and Principal officers of the House. This is clearly a mischievous move to set me on collision with the entire house.”
Explaining how the budget was padded, Jibrin said, “dur­ing the budget period, when they discovered that I was not the kind of a person they could use to perpetrate their illegality, Mr Speaker and the 3 other principal officers took away the entire Appropriation committee secretariat to a se­cret location where all sort of insertions were made into the budget.

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