Abuja - The Presidency came out in defense of embattled House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara on Tuesday, insisting that the 2016 national budget has not been padded.
According to a Punch report, Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, made the position of the Presidency known when he appeared before the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The APC had intervened in the budget padding scandal last week, meeting with Dogara and his accuser, Abdulmumin Jibrin, to hash out the matter.
Attempts to resolve the issue had, however, proved futile.
Also read: Police get three versions of 2016 budget as probe begins
Enang has since claimed that there is "no such thing" as padding in the 2016 budget and that the document has been passed by the National Assembly and is currently being implemented.
"We have given explanation on every issue. There is nothing, to our knowledge, like padding of the budget. The budget, as assented to by the President, is the budget passed by the National Assembly and it is being executed," Enang stated, Premium Times reports.
When questioned as to whether or not Dogara would be cleared of budget padding, Enang simply stated that the Presidency would not "draw any conclusions".
Jibrin has since stated that he stands by his request for a probe into the matter.
Read more at Punch