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Budget padding: PDP asks Tinubu to review 2024 budget, Warns Senate against suppression

Amidst the allegations of Budget padding rocking the Senate, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Bola Tinubu to immediately review the…

Amidst the allegations of Budget padding rocking the Senate, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Bola Tinubu to immediately review the budget.

This is just as the party also warned the leadership senate not to suppress any investigation into the allegations, insisting that the Senate President Godswill Akpabio must step aside.

Hon. Debo Ologunagba, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, in a statement slammed the Akpabio-led All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership in the Senate for “seeking to use diversionary press statements to suppress the demand for an open investigation into the alleged improper insertion of N3.7 trillion for non-existing projects in the 2024 budget.”

The PDP said from the “incoherent, knee-jerk and dismissive statement issued by the APC leadership in the Senate on Thursday, March 14, 2024, it is clear that it is jittery that an open and detailed investigation into the allegation will further expose the perpetrators and how money was allegedly shared among APC lawmakers.”

The statement further said, “Our Party, standing shoulder to shoulder with Nigerians, insists that Senator Akpabio should step aside and allow for a credible investigation, as he cannot be a judge in this matter.

“The PDP also calls on President Bola Tinubu to restore the integrity of the 2024 budget by immediately ordering an open investigation into the alleged insertion as well as a holistic review of the budget.

” The PDP stands by its demand that Senator Akpabio should report at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation into the alleged looting of N108 billion belonging to the people of Akwa Ibom State and the N86 billion alleged contract scam under his watch as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs respectively.

“It is highly provocative that at this time when Nigerians are passing through severe economic hardship, the APC leadership in the Senate is busy defending and frustrating investigation into allegation of massive manipulation and looting of resources meant for the wellbeing of the citizens.

“The Akpabio-led APC leadership in the Senate ought to know that no amount of threats, harassment, suspension of whistleblowers and attempts to blackmail the opposition through diversionary press statements and sponsored articles in a section of the media can suppress the demand for an open investigation into the alleged budget padding which is already in the public domain.

“The PDP and Nigerians are however not deterred by attacks by the APC leadership in the Senate which is a clear case of corruption fighting back in the face of public scrutiny.”

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