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Budget Padding: Go To Court Or Shut Up, Group Tells Jibrin, Others

Dogara Begged Us To Forgive Budget Padding – Jibrin
Posted: Aug 3, 2016 at 6:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ahmed Musa


Abuja – A coalition of media and civil society organisations has challenged the former chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriation, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin, and other aggrieved lawmakers to proceed to the courts to swear to an affidavit on the allegations of padding of the 2016 budget levelled against the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and 10 others if they have concrete evidence than taking the matter to anti-graft agencies.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, spokesperson of the group who is the Executive Director, Africa Media Roundtable Initiative, Comrade Olabode Adeyemi, said that the move would allow the judiciary, which is the third arm of the government, to wade in and adjudicate over the matter in good time rather than approaching the anti-graft agencies set up by the executive.

According to Adeyemi, “We are calling on Hon Jibrin and other aggrieved lawmakers to seek redress in the court to protect the image of the House of Representatives and not going to either the EFCC or ICPC which are the agencies of the executive.

“If you approach the court you have to swear to affidavit before making your allegations and if you lied under oath, you know the consequences under the law but you go to the ICPC or the EFCC to make such allegations, you may later make a U-turn and change you statements”.

“I can remember vividly that when the 2016 budget was passed by the National Assembly, there were insinuations in some quarters that it was padded, it was this same Hon Jibrin that defended it when he told the whole nation that there was nothing like budget padding, he never spoke out against the House leaders until he was sacked from the plum job. If what he is saying is true, let him go to court to seek redress.

“We are thanking the Channels Television for repeatedly showing the whole world the video clips of his defence. Now that there was nothing like budget padding, why is he now claiming that there was budget padding by the speaker and 10 others? If he is sure of his allegations, he should go to court or shut up”, he said.

While cautioning against any attempts by certain individuals aimed at bringing the nation’s legislature to disrepute, Comrade Adeyemi maintained that the stability of the nation’s democracy depended largely on the legislature hence the need to protect its sanctity.