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Budget padding: APC wades into Dogara, Jibrin feud

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has waded into the crises rocking the House of Representatives over alleged padding of the 2016 budget.

Yesterday, members of the national executive committee (NEC) of the party met behind closed doors with the sacked chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, who fired the first shot.

APC ‘s Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawan Shuaibu, who specifically arranged the parley, disclosed that it was aimed at ending the feud between Jibrin and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and the three principal officers of the lower legislative chamber.

Shuaibu claimed that he, alongside members of the national executive committee (NEC) of the party had earlier in the day met with Speaker Dogara to achieve the objective.

Meanwhile, Jibrin yesterday submitted a written statement to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) on his involvement in the budget imbroglio.

The lawmaker was seen at the Force Headquarters on Monday, where he stayed for more than two hours before he left.

But yesterday’s visit was different as the former Chairman House Committee on Appropriation sought audience of Police investigators, when he showed up towards evening at the Force Headquarters and gave a statement of what he knows about the budget-padding debacle.

The source said that “even though it is an offence bordering on morals, Jibrin intends to put everything on record, follow due process and feel he is doing the right thing by coming to give a statement as the matter is to be investigated.”

At the APC parley were national secretary of the party, Mr. Mai Mala Buni, the national vice chairman of the party (North west), Mr. Inuwa Abdulkadir and the national treasurer of the party, Mr. Ibrahim Gwagwarwa.

“We discussed extensively on the crisis in the House of Representatives. We will continue to discuss and engage ourselves, I will continue to honour the invitation of our party and I am sure that whatever we decide you will eventually know,” Jibrin told waiting newsmen.

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