A former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Mr Abdulmumin Jibrin, has thrown his weight behind acting President Yemi Osinbajo in the ongoing row between Osinbajo and the National Assembly over the 2017 budget.
Jibrin is currently on suspension over his Forty Billion Naira budget padding allegations against the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, and three other top officials of the House.
Reacting to the latest row over the 2017 budget, Jibrin stated that Osinbajo was correct in saying that the National Assembly should not have introduced new projects into the budget, which did not originally come from the executive.
He recalled that Osinbajo only signed the budget into law after he extracted a commitment from the National Assembly to make necessary adjustments after the signing.
Jibrin however, said Osinbajo made a mistake by signing the budget, trusting that the National Assembly would keep to its reported promise.
He claimed that the National Assembly prevented him from acting, knowing that once the Acting President signed, it had become a law that must be implemented.
Jibrin added that this was the reason former Presidents, including Olusegun Obasanjo and the late Umar Yar’Adua, refused to sign the budget before adjustments were made by the National Assembly.
He also recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari refused to sign the 2016 budget until the legislature had removed many of the new projects that were inserted into it.