Budget Padding: Gbajabiamila Submits Self to Police





The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi
Gbajabiamila has offered himself for investigation by
security and anti-corruption agencies over alleged padding
of the 2016 budget.
Former Chair of Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin
Jibrin had alleged Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker
Yusuf Lasun, Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader
Leo Ogor of illegally padding the budget with about N40b.
Jibrin also accused nine Committee Chairmen of inserting
2000 fictitious projects amounting to N284b into the
budget.
Gbajabiamila, in a statement yesterday however noted that
though his name was not mentioned by Jibrin of padding
the budget since the controversy began, there was a need
for him to clear his name.
The Majority Leader, who contested the Speakership
position with Dogara also affirmed the innocence of the
entire body of Principal officers of the House on the budget
padding scandal.
He said: “I returned from the United States just yesterday
after a three week break I called the Speaker a day before
my return to urgently fix a Principal Officers meeting so we
could address the several allegations made by Hon Jibrin.
“I would need to clear my name and that even though no
petition was filed against me by Hon Jibrin and no
invitation was extended to me by the police, I would be
submitting myself on my own volition to the police for
investigation.
“This is important to me as insinuations have been made
from many quarters that I along with others were
sponsoring Hon Jibrin. I have just this afternoon met with
the police authorities for a proper and thorough
investigation of my role if any in this whole bizzare
episode.”

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