Budget Padding: Senate Reacts to Calls for Akpabio’s Resignation, “Lies Won’t Distract Us”

Budget Padding: Senate Reacts to Calls for Akpabio’s Resignation, “Lies Won’t Distract Us”

  • The Nigerian Senate has accused the opposition PDP of fuelling the crisis in the legislative chamber
  • Senate's spokesman, Senator Yemi Adaramodu of the APC, made this assertion while reacting to the PDP's call for the resignation of Godswill Akapbio
  • The federal lawmaker condemned the move by the party and maintained that the 2024 budget padding claims were false

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

FCT, Abuja - On Thursday, March 14, the chairman, Senate committee on media, Senator Yemi Adaramodu (APC, Ekiti South), tackled the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for demanding the resignation of Senate President Godswill Akpabio.

Senate reacts as PDP calls for Akpabio's resignation
Akpabio has been asked to resign as Senate president. Photo credit: The Senate President - Nigeria
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This came after the former chairman, Senator Abdul Ningi from PDP in Bauchi Central, resigned earlier in the week due to a three-month suspension imposed by the Senate.

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Ningi faced suspension after alleging that the 2024 Appropriation Act was padded with N3.7 trillion.

On Wednesday, March 13, the PDP asked Akpabio to resign following Ningi's allegation of budget padding that was not traceable to any project under his watch.

However, on Thursday, March 14, Adaramodu told journalists in Abuja that Akpabio won’t resign.

As reported by Daily Trust, he stated that Akpabio had no intention of resigning at any time because he had not committed any wrongdoing to warrant such.

The Nigerian Tribune reported that Senator Adaramodu berated the calls by the PDP over the recent happenings at the Red Chamber.

He opined thus:

“The party’s ludicrous call for the resignation of Senator Godswill Akpabio as the Senate President is unthinkable and shows the party as a massaging balm for falsehood and immoral legislative outbursts.

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Shehu Sani exposes how lawmakers carry out budget padding

“No amount of lies and fake allegations will distract the 10th Senate, under Senator Godswill Akpabio, from delivering good legislation and effective oversight for which Nigerians elected us for.”

Shehu Sani exposes how lawmakers carry out budget padding

Legit.ng reported earlier that Senator Shehu Sani provided details on the Senate's process of documenting budget padding.

He explained how budgetary items are inflated compared to the original budget proposed by the presidency.

This revelation triggered a wave of criticism from internet users, who denounced the Senate's budget padding practices.

Source: Legit.ng

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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