Published On: Wed, Apr 24th, 2019

Budget Padding: You’re pursuing fascist agenda, Dogara replies Tinubu

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By Umar Muhammad Puma

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has replied the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu over allegation of budget padding, saying Tinubu is pursuing fascist agenda to control all levels of power in Nigeria.
Tinubu had in a statement on Sunday, accused the leadership of the National Assembly of hijacked the Budget Process four years, saying Saraki and Dogara delayed and distorted national budget with pet projects that would profit them.
However, Dogara in reacting to the allegations, Tuesday, said Tinubu’s assertions were in pursuit of fascist agenda “to control all levels of power in Nigeria”, adding that “Only the ignorant with dubious academic certificates will say the maker of a document has padded the document that only he can constitutionally make”.
“We do not expect Asiwaju Tinubu to dwell on brazen mendacity, much less murder facts and decorum in his rabid bid to justify his patently clear facist agenda of controlling all levers of power in Nigeria. Asiwaju Tinubu’s nocturnal agenda has no parallel in the history of any democracy and it is more loathsome when he throws caution to the winds and maligns government officials who are doing a yeoman’s job of stabilising the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, even in spite of political differences.
“It is on record that the Hon. Speaker has done more to stabilize this government more than Asiwaju Tinubu and his ilk whose stock in trade is scheming, manipulation and subversion especially when they feel they cannot be caught. When the history of Buhari’s administration is written by those who know the truth of what really transpired in the last four years, Asiwaju’s pretentious loyalty to President Buhari will then be exposed.
“We won’t say more but no matter how long it may last, the truth will one day overtake lies. Perhaps, Asiwaju is still bitter about the leadership contest for Speakership of the 8th Assembly, even though the actors have moved on culminating in Speaker Dogara magnanimously facilitating the appointment of his opponent in the race and Tinubu’s protege as House Majority leader.
“The chief cause of delay in enacting the budget is the persistent refusal or neglect of the Executive to present it in good time. For the records, in the last four years, there was no urgency or plan by the Executive to achieve a January to December budget cycle…..
“We challenge Asiwaju Tinubu to list out the Bills he claimed were not passed by the National Assembly. The oil and gas or petroleum sector is the most important and critical sector of our economy which accounts for over 70 percent of our earnings, the Executive didn’t forward a single Bill to the National Assembly to reform and reposition the sector in the last four years even when repeatedly urged to do so by Mr Speaker in his first year in office…”.

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