Abuja - Indications have emerged that the embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has sought audience with President Muhammadu Buhari over the budget padding scandal rocking the House, Premium Times reports.
Dogara is scheduled to meet with the President bare any last minute change at 4.30pm on Friday.
A former chairman of the appropriations committee of the House, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has accused the Speaker and other principal officers of the House of padding the 2016 budget.
Dogara will also be requesting the President to help call Jibrin and his backers to order.
The crisis has deeply polarised the House, with the allegations made by Jibrin now being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), the State Security Service and the Nigeria Police Force.
The All Progressives Congress had asked Jibrin to cease and desist from issuing any public statement on the matter according to News24.
In a letter addressed to Abdulmumin, the APC through its Deputy National Chairman North, Senator Lawal Shuaibu also told Abdulmumin not to comment on the crisis on any social media site.
The party in the letter admitted that the budget padding crisis has caused it a lot of embarrassment.
The party told Jubril that it was looking into the crisis and hopes to find a possible solution.
- News 24