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Alleged 2016 Budget Padding: Appropriation C’ttee Chair, Jubril, Must Go, Reps Tells Dogara

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Abdulmumin-JibrinA quiet storm is gathering in the House of Representatives over the alleged padding of the 2016 budget by the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdumumuni Jubril.
Jubril was alleged to have grossly padded the fiscal document by allocating over 20 projects to his constituency without the consent of the members.
The development angered not many members of the House, who said but for the insistence of President Muhammadu Buhari that the submitted budget by the National Assembly be returned, they wouldn’t have known the level of mutilation done to the document by their colleague.
According to Vanguard, Jubril, who represents Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State, allocated to himself 22 projects worth N4.169 billion and scattered across five Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, of the Federal Government, including Ministries of Works, Agriculture, Water Resources, Women Affairs and the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF.
The newspaper reports that this is exclusive of the N40 billion worth of projects which the leaderships of the Appropriations Committees of both chambers of the National Assembly shared among themselves without the knowledge of other members.
Although the executive had provided N60 billion in the 2016 Appropriation Bill for senators and members of the House of Representatives as their zonal intervention constituency projects, it was learnt that the leadership of both chambers, for unknown reasons, unilaterally increased the amount to N100 billion, allocating N20 billion each to themselves.
The discovery has created an atmosphere of unease in the lower legislative chamber as over 200 members have called for the removal of Mr. Jubril, a staunch loyalist of Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
According to a source, “over 200 members, including some committee chairmen, have resolved that the budget would not be touched again. We would allow whatever additions or minuses the president may make on the budget at it is now.
“We are not going to allow any debate again. The first experience was frightening. They may repeat the same thing, if given the opportunity.
“We have decided that the chairman must be changed. We have pressed for this earlier at the peak of the issue but had to put it on hold in order not to send a wrong signal that what the executive said was true and that we were all compromised.
“We are likely to suspend the relevant House rules to pass the budget expressly, maybe within three days”.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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