The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday asked former Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin to stop further comments on the controversial issue of budget padding currently ravaging the House of Representatives. The party condemns such embarrassing public display and that it is denigrating to the public perception of the party.
In a letter to the embattled lawmaker, the Deputy National Chairman (North) of APC, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, said the party has decided to intervene into the matter in order to find a solution to the crisis.
The party demanded that he desists from making any public statement surrounding the issue of budget padding either through the social media or any other means of passing information to the public and commended him for honouring the party’s request to work with the party in resolving the matter.
Excerpts from the letter:
“As you are aware, the party and indeed the government have not been happy over recent developments in the House of Representatives over the issue of the 2016 budget. We found it embarrassing to have to deal with another new phenomenon you tagged ‘budget padding.’
“However, I write to thank you for your cooperation in honouring our intervention and your readiness to afford the party the chance to handle the House of Representatives budget padding crisis.
“Arising from the series of meetings we held with you over the subject matter, the National Working Committee had decided to request you to henceforth avoid issuing public statement on this matter.
“This however includes statements through the social media or other means of transmitting an opinion on the matter to the public, as the party is now looking into it towards finding possible solution. While counting on your cooperation, please accept my sincere best wishes.”