The All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally decided to intervene in the budget padding scandal currently rocking the House of Representatives. In a letter addressed to Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin, the party says it is embarrassed by recent developments in the House over the 2016 budget and is now working on finding an internal resolution to the crisis.
The statement, signed by Senator Lawal Shuaibu, Deputy National Chairman (North), says the National Working Committee of the party has directed that Jibrin should henceforth avoid issuing any public statement on the budget padding matter and the allegations of corruption against Speaker Dogara and other principal officers of the House. Jibrin is also to desist from making further comments on social media.
This move by the APC is seen by many as a strategy to sweep the allegations of budget padding, financial mismanagement, corruption and bribery levied by the former Appropriation Committee Chairman against the Speaker Yakubu Dogara and three other principal officers of the House.
You will recall that Jibrin accused Dogara and three others of singlehandedly padding the 2016 budget with over N40 billion while also allocating projects worth over N30 billion to their constituencies. The Kano lawmaker on Monday went to the offices of the EFCC, ICPC and DSS to formally submitted petitions against Dogara and the three others.