N90B BOTCHED BUDGET PADDING BEHIND MY REMOVAL, SAYS JIBRIN

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Sacked Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation Abdulmimin Jibrin yesterday alleged that his disagreement with the leadership of the House over injection of about N90billion personal projects into the 2016 Budget accounted for his removal. He said the body of Principal Officers was uncomfortable with him over his refusal to cover up plans to allocate N40billion Constituency Projects to the Principal Officers out of the N100billion allocated to the entire National Assembly.

He also alleged that Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun, Chief Whip, Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor, met to demand the N40billion worth of projects in addition to about N20billion “wasteful projects” which they allocated to their constituencies. He accused the Speaker of seeking N30billion personal requests with three other offices.

He said he was weighing legal options if the House won’t allow him to explore internal mechanisms to explain his side of the Budget padding fiasco.

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