The Nigeria Senate President, Bukola Saraki has called on the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to present proof to back up his claims and accusations that himself and the Speaker of the House of Representative have been padding the national budgets since they assumed office in 2015.
Bola Tinubu claimed in a statement on Sunday that the “National budgets were delayed and distorted as these actors repeatedly sought to pad budgets with pet projects that would profit them.”
“Even worse, they cut funds intended to prosper projects that would have benefited the average person. After four years of their antics, halting the progress of government, we should do all we can to prevent a repeat of their malign control of the National Assembly.” He also added that “He (Saraki) planted himself at the apex of legislative power. But his actions as Senate President showed a man devoid of compassion for the average Nigerian. All he cared for was power and position.”
A statement made by Mr Yusuph Olaniyiyonu, Saraki’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity says that the Senate President refutes this claims made by Bola Tinubu and slammed the allegations as “careless, irresponsible and callous”, Insisting that Tinubu proves the allegation or withdraw it immediately
The statement said, “In all the three budgets already passed by the National Assembly, we challenge Tinubu to make a specific reference to where Saraki and the leadership of the National Assembly ‘sought to pad with pet projects’ as he alleged.”