Lagos – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reportedly called on the National Assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari and other ministers over the missing 2016 budget, in a move that the ruling party has dismissed as "comical".
According to Premium Times, PDP believed that the original budget had been doctored by the presidency during the period that it went "missing".
The Senate accused a senior special assistant to President Buhari, Ita Enang, of presenting to lawmakers an altered version of the 2016 budget, the report said.
Senate president, Bukola Saraki said: "What he [Enang] distributed is different from what was presented by Mr President and we have resolved not to address any version until we receive the version presented by Mr President”.
Uche Secondus, the PDP acting national chairperson, signed a statement to charge the National Assembly to impeach the president for submitting two versions of the 2016 budget.
“[The National Assembly should investigate the] shameful act, including the distortion and banding of figures to accommodate their personal interest and ensure that appropriate sanctions is meted to whoever has a hand in the dubious action that has brought embarrassment to the legislative body,” PDP was quotead as saying in a statement.
The PDP also called for the resignations of Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Finance, Udo Udoma, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, and Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, for their roles in the management of the nation’s economy.
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In response to the PDP’s accusations and demands, the All Progressives Congress (APC), however, dismissed the opposition’s call, as "comical".
“It is confusing and worrisome that the PDP calls for an investigation into the budget issue and at the same time calls for the removal and resignation of the aforementioned,” the APC said in a statement.
The APC have in turn accused the PDP of using the budget crisis as a distraction from the corruption cases that the government is currently investigating.
On Tuesday, it was discovered that the hard and soft copies of the 2016 budget proposal which Buhari presented to the National Assembly in December 2015 were to be missing.
Punch reported on Thursday that five National Assembly staff members had been questioned in connection with the missing documents.
Following the public scandal, the Presidency has since uploaded the budget proposal online on the website of the budget office to douse to try and douse the tension.
- News 24