CONSTITUENTS WANTS DOGARA TO RESIGN OVER BUDGET PADDING





BY NAJIB SANI, BAUCHI

Hundred of youths and women drawn from 'Dass,
Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro federal constituency
of Bauchi state yesterday staged a peaceful
demonstration in Dass local government
headquarters demanding the speaker of the house
of representatives Rt honourable Yakubu Dogara
to resign from his position over the alleged
budget padding scandal that rocked the lower
chamber and come back to the constituency to
explain his role in the matter.
The demonstrators who called themselves
'Concerned Citizens of Dass, Tafawa Balewa and
Bogoro' carried pla cards with various inscriptions
such as ' Dogara should step aside and 'Dogara
must come back' alleged that the recent
assertion by the speaker that padding is not an
offence proved that he was indeed involved in the
saga and has by so doing, 'breached the trust of
the constituents and the state in general'.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the protest,
leader of the group Comrade Saddam Muhammad
Shanka stated that the concerned citizens in the
federal constituency were shocked by the matter
because it allegedly involved their representative
in the National Assembly stressing that the
speaker Yakubu Dogara and the former chairman
of the appropriation committee Abdulmuminu
Jibrin should resign to allow relevant authorities
to carry out proper investigation into the issue.
" It is clear that recent development at the House
of Representatives has been a cause of great
concern to every patriotic citizen of this country
as a whole, Bauchi State and indeed this
constituency in particular, hence the need for the
speaker to come back home and explain to us his
role in that budget scandal''.
Shanka lamented that if the outcome of the on-
going investigation of the budget padding
allegation being leveled against Dogara is
substantiated, the good political image of Bauchi
State as a whole and the Nigeria's first Prime
Minister's constituency will be greatly tarnished
calling on the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission [EFCC] to swing into action over the
matter.
" It is obvious that the eighth House of
Representatives under Dogara does not mean well
for this country, hence our resolve to pass a vote
of no confidence in Dogara's both leadership and
membership of the House. "We cannot fold our
arms and allow things to continue this way. He is
in the House to represent his constituency, to
protect our interest and bring development to our
constituency in particular and our dear state by
extension not to pursue his selfish political
interest. Enough is enough.

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