Padding: APC explains why Dogara is ‘untouchable’


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that it will be unable to sanction the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmuminin Jibrin over allegations of budget padding.

According to Senator Lawal Shuaibu, Deputy National Chairman (North), in an interview with journalists in Abuja, he revealed that although the party is concerned with its members’ conduct, it will not play the role of a law enforcement agency.

“Article 7 subsection 5 of APC Constitution gives us the power to do certain things. So, you see, what we are doing is the right thing. But only we don’t want that in the public gallery,” he said.

“What is padding? The party does not sanction anybody on that. What is of concern to us is where any member contravenes the party constitution in his conduct.

“That is why I refer you to Article 7, subsection 5 of our party constitution. We are not a law enforcement organisation. We don’t enforce law.”

“We only ensure that the constitution is complied with. All members of the party are answerable to the party and answerable to their constituency.”

“The two members that are subjected to this are elected or appointed members of the party including those that are holding public office. So, you expect the party to sit down and watch. No.”

“We have to do our work. So, the question of sweeping anything under the carpet does not arise at all. But we don’t want to do it in the market place, but at the party secretariat.”

For weeks, Jibrin, the former chairman of the House of Representatives committee on appropriations, has accused Dogara and others of padding the 2016 budget through unnecessary insertions running into billions.

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