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Budget Padding: Dogara Begs President Buhari Over Jibrin’s Scandal

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Dogara is said to have called for the meeting which is scheduled for 4.30pm on Friday – Sources say the Speaker is scared President Buhari may take in Jibrin’s comment – Dogara’s spokesman has, however, denied being aware of any planned meeting between the pair, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara will reportedly meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the ongoing budget padding scandal. According to Premium Times, Dogara is expected to meet with the president by 4.30pm on Friday, August 5, as part of his (Buhari’s) schedule for the day at the instance of the Speaker.

Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara may have run to President Buhari over the recent allegations of fraud leveled against him. It was gathered that Dogara sought to meet with President Buhari over the allegations brought against him by Abdulmumin Jibrin, a former chairman of the appropriations committee of the House, that the Speaker was involved in budget fraud.

He is said to be seeking audience with the president so as to explain himself to Buhari before he takes in all that Jibrin has been saying about the budget padding, because he fears he might not be able to convince the president if that happens. Part of the discussion between the pair would be for President Buhari to call Jibrin to order as the latter is now under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), the State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigeria Police Force. Dogara’s spokesperson, Turaki Hassan, however denied the report when contacted, stating that he is unaware of any such planned meeting between Buhari and the Speaker.

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The Speaker’s fears may also have stemmed from the fact that Jibrin claimed that 250 members of the House have signed a petition calling for his (Dogara’s) resignation. Jibrin went on air to state this despite the instruction from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop him from commenting on the budget padding scandal. The party admitted that the budget padding crisis has caused it a lot of embarrassment adding that it is seeking possible solution to the matter.

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