The All Progressives Congress, APC, has waded into the ongoing budget-padding controversy in the House of Representatives, involving the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin and the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, asking the former to stop going public with his allegations.
This was communicated to Jibrin on Thursday in a letter by Lawal Shuaibu, APC’s Deputy National Chairman, North.
“As you are aware, the party, and indeed the government, has not been happy over the recent development in the house of representatives over the issue of the 2016 budget. We found it embarrassing to have to deal with another new phenomenon you tagged ‘budget padding,’” the letter read.
“Arising from the series of meetings we held with you over the subject matter, the national working committee had decided to request you to henceforth avoid issuing any public statement on this matter.
“This includes statements through social media or other means of transmitting an opinion on the matter to the public, as the party is now looking into it towards finding possible solution.”
Recall that Jibrin had met with party leaders on Tuesday to explain the series of allegations against the speaker, and three other principal officers of the House of Reps.
Earlier on Monday, he had gone to the headquarters of the EFCC, ICPC, DSS and the Nigerian Police in Abuja to formally submit a petition against Dogara and others.
All hell was let lose after Speaker Dogara announced the removal of Jibrin from his position as the Appropriation committee chairman.
No sooner had that happened than the Kano State lawmaker took to the social media to accuse Dogara of illegally inserting about N250 billion into the 2016 budget.