Budget padding scandal: Stop further public comment – APC tells Jibrin
The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Thursday asked embattled former Chairman of the House of Representatives committee in Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, to stop speaking on the controversial budget padding issue, saying the party found the development embarrassing.
In a letter addressed to Jubrin with referenced APC/NHDQ/NAM/01/016/14, dated 4th August, 2016 and signed by the Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, the party said it has decided to wade into the matter with a view to finding solution to it.
The part ask him not to issue and public statement either through the social media or any other means of passing information to the public and commended him for honoring the party’s invitation and pledge to work with the party in resolving the matter.
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”.