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APC national leadership plays political game with House of Reps fight

Former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has made serious criminal allegations against the speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara. The police and other security agencies ought to be allowed to do their jobs, but the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) now suddenly feels that it is its responsibility to resolve the crisis.

It asked Jibrin to stop speaking on the budget padding controversy, because the party found the development “embarrassing.”

Oh, so sorry to hurt your embarrassed feelings dear APC, but it is not the party’s budget that was purportedly padded; it’s the entire country’s budget. So save your intervention and allow security agencies do their jobs.

A letter addressed to Jibrin, dated August 4, 2016, by Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, said the party wants to find a solution to the controversy, and asked Jibrin to make no further statement “through the social media or other means of transmitting an opinion on the matter to the public, as the party is now looking into it towards finding a solution.”

The letter reads: “As you are aware, the party and, indeed the government, have not been happy at developments in the House of Representatives on the 2016 budget. We found it embarrassing to have to deal with another new phenomenon you tagged: ‘budget padding’.

“However, I write to thank you for your cooperation in honouring our intervention and your readiness to afford the party the chance to handle the House of Representatives budget padding crisis.

“Arising from the series of meetings we held with you over the subject matter, the National Working Committee decided to request you to avoid issuing statements on this matter.”

The APC obviously believes that this is a political game. Budgets can be padded, monies can be stolen, and any number of offences can be done against the commonwealth – but it is all an internal party matter that should not be allowed to get more embarrassing for it. It’s all a game.

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