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Padded budget scam: Appropriation committee members disown Jibrin

‎By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation have disowned the former Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin over his allegations against some principal officers who he accused of padding the 2016 budget. Addressing the media of Friday, the Deputy Chairman of the committee, Hon. Chris Azubuogu alleged that Jibrin solely worked on the 2016 budget without inputs from other members.

Azubuogu told newsmen in Abuja that Jibrin’s allegations against the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara were baseless.

“As members of the Committee on Appropriation, we want to state categorically clear that the ousted chairman’s action does not in any way reflect the position of the committee.

“We wish to state that we totally dissociate ourselves with all the calculated plot to pull down the integrity of the leadership and members of the 8th House of Representatives,’’ Azubuogu said.

He said that after collating reports of the budget from various standing committees of the house, Jubrin failed to present the report to the committee for deliberation.

“He unilaterally took the entire budget to a hideout with his consultant without the consent of the committee. That was the last time the committee saw the budget, only for Jubrin to resurface aboutthree weeks later, with a report purported to have come from the committee.

“Consequently, members approached Mr Speaker with a complaint and a demand to remove Jibrin as the Chairman of the Committee.’’

He added that Jibrin’s confrontational approach irked the members to request for his urgent removal from office.

On call for independent investigation into the allegations, Azubuogu said there was no breach in the appropriation process that would warrant any external interference.

“Jibrin is on his own and we as members of the Committee on Appropriation, saddled with the responsibility of treating the 2016 and subsequent national budget are solidly in support of Dogara and other principal officers of the House of Representatives.

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