Abuja - Embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has stated that he will not quit despite calls for his resignation over his alleged involvement in the 2016 budget padding scandal, Punch reports.
Dogara was accused of padding the budget alongside some principal officers of the House by a former Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin.
Other principal officers accused include the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun; the Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.
The Speaker was accompanied to the meeting which was held inside the President’s office by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Suleiman Kawu.
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At the end of the meeting, which lasted less than 30 minutes, Dogara said that he would not resign to pave way for thorough investigation of the allegations as being canvassed by some individuals and groups.
He said with his experience as a lawyer and a federal lawmaker of many years, he has never heard padding as being an offence under the law.
News24 had earlier reported that Dogara sought audience with President Muhammadu Buhari over the budget padding scandal rocking the House.
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.
- News 24