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Budget Padding – Dogara’s Loyalists Divided Over Move to Reconvene House



Members of the House of Representatives loyal to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, are divided over moves to reconvene the House over alleged 2016 budget padding.

Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara

Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara

The loyalists, sources reliably gathered, held meetings at the National Assembly and the thrust of their meetings was how to reconvene the House and settle the issues between the speaker and the embattled former House of Representatives Chairman, Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmunin Jibrin.

According to the source, the division stemmed from the fact that if the House is reconvened, Jibrin will be dignified though he may not even attend the session.

While others had argued that it would be better to reconvene and internally reconcile all their differences, some lawmakers, however, declared that most of their colleagues were out of town.

Some equally argued that some aggressive lawmakers might go physical on the issue and that to avoid such a development, the idea of reconvening should be dropped.

Also, some of the lawmakers, who felt sidelined in the sharing of committees, are equally ready to vent their anger if the House reconvenes.

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