Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, has said there is no need to investigate the allegations and counter-allegations of the 2016 budget padding in the National Assembly, Daily Trust reports.
Obasanjo said this in reaction to the current budget padding accusation and counter accusation between the leadership of the House of Representatives and Abdulmumin Jibrin, the sacked chairman of the House of Reps Appropriation Committee.
The ex-president speaking to State House reporters on Monday, July 25, shortly after meeting behind closed-doors wirt President Muhammadu Buhari said the country should rather get men of integrity in the federal parliament.
The two leaders met behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
“Well, if you said that I have said it in the past and if there are people who didn’t believe what I said in the past then, you can now see that what has come out confirms what I said in the past. Then what I said in the past is what I will say now,’‘ he added.
The Nation reports that the former president also said the recent happenings concerning the 2016 Budget scandal in the National Assembly have vindicated him.
On his visit to the Villa, he disclosed that he went to deliver some messages to the president.
“Not too long ago, I was in Liberia and Gambia and I have messages these two countries will want me to deliver to the president.
“Also, only yesterday I came back from Seychelles Island where I attended this year’s Annual General meeting of Africa Export Development Bank. And there are aspects of the proceedings that I think I should update the President,” he said.
Adulmumin Jibrin, who was removed as the chairman of the committee last week, has revealed more shocking details on how 10 standing committees secretly injected constituency projects worth N284 billion into the 2016 budget without the knowledge of the House.
He also claimed that the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, allegedly convinced him to ship over N20 billion into the budget through Service Wide Vote.