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Budget padding: Jibrin is an enemy of Nigerian democracy, APC – Chief Whip

Budget padding: Jibrin is an enemy of Nigerian democracy, APC – Chief Whip

Abdulmumin Jibrin

The Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, has described former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin as an enemy of Nigerian democracy and the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Doguwa made the remark following Jibrin’s budget padding allegation levelled against principal officers of the lower legislative chambers, of which he is part of.

Jibrin had accused the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, his Deputy; Yusuf Lasun; Chief Whip; Alhassan Ado Danguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor of attempting to illegally pad the 2016 budget to the tune of N40bn.

But speaking with Channel’s Television on Sunday, the Chief Whip described the allegations as being frivolous and baseless.

According to Doguwa, “When you expect a legislator to work on a bill, certainly he has the constitution and supreme right to deal with that bill at any level, whether in first reading second reading or general reading.

“At whatever level the legislator engages a budget, he is doing nothing but his legitimate responsibility.

“That is a strange word to me.

“It is a crime for you guys to be calling legislators ‘paddlers’. It is a speculation. Baseless speculation.

“He is an enemy to this institution, an enemy to the system of democracy in Nigeria and our own great party, the APC.”

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