The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has warned Abdulmuminin Jibrin, ousted Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation against issuing media statement on budget padding promising to wade into the matter.
Jubrin had recently lunched media campaign against the Speaker of the House, Hon Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers over 2016 budget padding immediately after he was removed from the office as chairman of the committee.
he accused Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor of attempting to pad N40bn into the 2016 budget.
Following the accusation, the lawmaker has continued to raise several allegations against the Speaker and other members of the lower legislative chambers.
In a letter addressed to Jibrin with referenced APC/NHDQ/NAM/01/016/14, dated 4th August, 2016 and signed by the Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, the ruling party cautioned the lawmaker against issuing further statement regarding the budget padding controversy.
Describing Jibrin’s persistent media campaign as an embarrassment, the party said it has decided to wade into the matter with a view to finding a lasting solution to the impasse.
The letter reads: “As you are aware, the party and indeed the government have not been happy over recent developments in the House of Representatives over the issue of 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 had decided to request you to henceforth aviod issuing public statement on this matter.
“This however includes statements 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 possible solution. While counting on your cooperation, please accept my sincere best wishes.”