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No Crime in Padding the Budget- Dogara

Embattled House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara has declared that budget padding is not an offence.

He said he would not resign because of the allegations levelled against him by the sacked Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumini Jibrin.

Dogara, who visited President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, first feigned ignorance of the term, budget padding. But he later said  it constituted no offence under the law.

The Speaker, who has come under pressure in some quarters to resign since the allegations were made, was at the Presidential Villa apparently to explain his own side of the story to President Buhari.

Their meeting lasted about 30 minutes.

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