Budget Padding: You’re Ignorant And Dubious, Dogara Blasts Tinubu

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Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the 8th House of Representatives, has lambasted Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) over the latter’s claim on Budget Padding.

Mr Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, on Sunday renewed his attack on the 8th National Assembly, alleging that the legislative chambers under the present leadership were padding the Budget of the country.

While Senator Bukola Saraki heads the legislative arm of government and the Senate, Yakubu Dogara pilots the affairs of the green chamber.

The duo emerged leaders of the chambers in 2015 against the wish of the APC even though they belonged to the party at the time.

Messrs Saraki and Dogara defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last year. Lawmakers of the opposition party help them clinch the position on the basis that every lawmaker be carried along against the ‘winner takes all’ being canvassed the the APC.

Their emergence did not augur well with Tinubu who has been ceaselessly attacking the lawmaking arm.

Renewing his attack on Sunday, the former governor said the leadership of the 8th assembly has been padding budgets sent to it for approval.

Responding in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, the speaker of the green chamber lashed out at Tinubu describing him as being “ignorant of the budgetary process.”

“Only the ignorant with dubious academic certificates will say the maker of a document has padded the document that only he can constitutionally make,” the statement by lawmaker partly read.

“Finally, we advise Asiwaju Tinubu to be circumspect in his use of language.

“In this case, he spoke as a spokesperson of depravity. Our reaction must therefore be seen as a provoked counter-punch.

“Any one can descend into the gutter if he so wishes; but no one has a monopoly of gutter language.

“We won’t run an adult day care centre anymore on matters like this,” Dogara said.