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Budget padding scandal: '340 lawmakers are behind Dogara'

11 August 2016, 12:26

Abuja - Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions, Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, said over 340 of the members of the House are in support of Speaker Yakubu Dogara over the budget padding scandal.

The Abia State lawmaker made this known while responding to questions from journalists on Wednesday in Abuja, saying he had not seen any register which about 260 members reportedly signed to pass a vote of confidence on the speaker.

He, however, noted that “I am sure that less than 10 members are the ones against him, meaning that 90% or more stand with Dogara”.

He argued that going by feelers from members that could be confirmed, the 8th House under Speaker Dogara, had largely been peaceful and highly productive after the initial skirmishes that followed the election of presiding officers.

At least 250 of 360 members of the House of Representatives reportedly signed a petition for the removal of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara according to the former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin reports News24.

Jibrin added that some of the Reps had even demanded to march down to the secretariat of the appropriations committee, but persuaded them not to do so.

The demands made by the Reps were that Dogara should immediately vacate his post and allow a thorough investigation of the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

Dogara and some principal officers of the House were accused of illegally inserting and allocating projects worth over N20 billion to their constituencies in the 2016 budget.

- News 24


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