Budget “Padding” Is Not A Crime-Dogara
Speaking with Journalists after a meeting of about 30 minutes with
President Buhari at the Villa on Friday, Dogara said as a lawyer and old
hand in the legislative affairs, padding was not an offence under the law.
Asked if he was perturbed by the peddling of his name in the allegation,
Dogara said he was not in any way worried, saying that the onus of proof
rested with Jubrin.
Below was the detail of the chat with Journalists:
Journalists: What informed your visit on a Friday?
Dogara: I can't come and see my President? Do I need any reason to come
and see my President. It's a private visit
Journalists: Was the issue of alleged budget padding discussed?
Dogara: What is budget padding?
Journalists:The language emanated from your chamber?
Dogara: I don't know, educate me. I am lawyer and the speaker and I have
never heard of the word “padding”. What does padding mean?
Journalists: Your former chairman of appropriations is saying you padded
Dogara: Ask him. He who alleges must prove. That's the law in Nigeria
Journalists: Are you not going to defend yourself?
Dogara: Am I before a court?
Journalists: There are people saying you should reconvene the House before
September resumption time and step aside for thorough investigations?
Dogara: We have rules and regulations. This is not a mock institution. We
operate by rules and we will follow the rules
Journalists: Will you resign?
Dogara: Resign for what, for what?
Journalists: On the allegations?
Dogara: What is the allegation?
Journalists: That you and some members of the house padded the budget?
Dogara: What is padding? You haven't told me. Ask Jibrin what is padding?
For me, I studied law and I have been in the legislature and all this
period I have never heard of the word “padding” being an offence under any
law. If I don't know, you are the media, research the law and let me know
Journalists: Are you worried?
Dogara: Worried for what? Worried over nothing. Why should I be worried.
As far as I am concerned, I am not worried over anything
Journalists: Will there be sanctions for Jibrin?
Dogara: I am not the chairman of Ethics committee of the House, so I
wouldn't know and I don't know what padding means.
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