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Budget Padding: Those Accused Should Speak Up -Rep

Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja

A House of Representatives member, Daniel Reyenieju has said those accused of padding the 2016 budget should respond to the allegations.

Reyenieju who is representing the Warri federal constituency of Delta state said the impression given to the Nigerian was that the padding was done on behalf of the house.

“Those within the leadership coterie of the House who are accused of budget padding should be honourable and decent enough to respond to the allegations in their respective individual capacities.

“They must desist from acting in such manner and creating the impression that if indeed there was budget padding, it was done on behalf of the House; and thus using the House as canopy to shield themselves.

“Those who are alleged to have engaged in such acts cannot claim to be acting on behalf of the House, but were only demonstrating their inured greedy nature as such specifics of the alleged budget padding could only have been packaged to satisfy their respective whim and caprices to the detriment of other legislators and the respective constituencies they represent,” he said.

The lawmaker added that the members, who have been accused but remain quiet, were “putting the Nigerian electorates in suspense and consequently bringing the House into odium”.

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