Budget padding: APC summons Jubrin

Budget padding: APC summons Jubrin

A panel of the All Progressive Congress (APC) set up to look at the ongoing Budget padding scandal at the House of Representative yesterday summoned the man at the , Hon. Jubrin Abdulmumuni to the party secretariat.

Jubrin were said to have been summoned by the party’s committee to wade into the crisis currently rocking the green chambers involving him, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, his deputy Hon Yusuf Lasun and the Minority leader Leo Ogor.

Arriving the national secretariat yesterday in Abuja, Jubrin, who was decked in white brocade with cap to match, entered the party secretariat in company of a team of lawyers and aides at about 2: 05 pm in a black Land Cruiser with registration number BWA 768 AM.

The leader of the panel and the national deputy chairman (North) Senator Shuibu Lawal, however, confirmed that his committee met with Speaker Dogara separately before meeting Hon. Jubrin.

Other party leaders in the panel with Sen. Lawal were the party’s national secretary Mai Mala Buni, national treasurer Bala Muhammed Gwagwarwa, national vice chair, Inuwa Abdulkadir among others.

Speaking after a closed door meeting that lasted more than three hours, Lawal said his committee was not done with the consultations.

“We are discussing with them and it is an ongoing consultation, we are not done with them, we sat with the speaker, we just finished sitting with him and we would continue to sit with him.

 

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“In respect of what is going on in the House of Representatives which you people know more than all of us but I was asking him to come and brief the party, honestly speaking we never thought it would be covered by the media.

“I summoned him, the national secretary of the party and the national vice chairman of his zone sat down to discuss, there is nothing like passing any Judgment on any member of the party, we only play our role as the umpire in this matter to see how we can create some atmosphere of peace and unity among our members.

“But when certain things go of course, the party needs to call it’s members to know how best to unite any feuding members and that is exactly what we did.

“What we did actually was that we heard from him. We have heard earlier from the speaker but because it was not in the newspapers, like you just went and published nobody knew we held a meeting with the speaker.

“I want to say what we discussed honestly speaking was to get a better brief because we have to be carried along. They are our members; we should know from them directly what is really going on so that we can see how we can handle the situation without necessarily making it a town square dance.”

Before he was asked not to talk to press any longer, hon. Jubrin, who was eager to talk more, however, said “I’m here on the invitation of our great party, the APC we discussed extensively on the crisis in the House of Representatives, we will continue to discuss and engage ourselves, I will continue to honor the invitation of our party and I am sure that whatever it is we decide you will know in the due course.”

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