House Minority Leader denies budget padding allegations

House Minority Leader denies budget padding allegations
July 22 20:54 2016

Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon
 Leo Ogor, has said that the budget padding allegation
against him and other principal officials including
Speaker Yakubu Dogàra, are outright lies.

Ogor made this known in an interview with the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.
He said he did not “want to go into altercation with
anybody’’ and that “at the appropriate time, when we
resume on the floor we will speak’’.
His words: “I don’t want to go into altercation with
anybody.
“At the appropriate time, when we resume on the floor
we will speak.
“But I can assure you that they are all bunch of lies
and there is nothing to it.

“So I am not going to waste my time responding to an
issue I consider totally inconsequential.’’
It will be recalled that Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin, former
Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on
Appropriation, on Thursday asked Speaker Yakubu
Dogara, his deputy, Yussuff Lasun, minority leader, Leo
Ogor and Chief Whip, Ado Doguwa to resign for alleged
budget padding.
Jibrin in a statement issued to newsmen, accused
Dogara and the other principal officers of illegally
inserting and allocating projects worth over N20 billion
to their constituencies in the 2016 budget.

He said that his refusal to inject another N30 billion into
the budget for the speaker earned him the replacement.
Ogor questioned why his accuser had to wait until now
to make the allegations.
He said that Jibrin was aggrieved because he lost his
place in the House Committee on Appropriation.
“You can read the lines; he has actually lost his
committee and I believe that is the issue.
“Why didn’t he make available these allegations all
along? This is the question you need to answer.

“How come he was the one that addressed the issue of
this budget on channels and he accused the Presidency
and the executive in respect of issues that bother on
the budget.
“Today, he is singing a different tune, and I think he is
good at singing different tunes anyway.
“So like I said, I am not going to go into any altercation
with any person.
“I am not going to waste my time over that issue and
what he has said are all lies and this kind of blackmail
doesn’t work with the likes of Leo Ogor.
“So you see he is just wasting his time. I am expecting
him to come and prove what he has said,’’ noted Ogor.