A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has released a bombshell against Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and House of Representatives Speaker, Aminu Dogara.
He said the two lawmakers, in the last four years, have repeatedly been padding the national budgets before passing them.
Tinubu made the allegation while reacting to media reports that he was manipulating the APC nomination process for the National Assembly leadership to secure his presidential ambition come 2023.
He said: “Just look at how outgoing Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and their like, highjacked the budget process these past four years.
” National budgets were delayed and distorted as these actors repeatedly sought to pad budgets with pet projects that would profit them.
” Even worse, they cut funds intended to prosper projects that would have benefitted the average person.
“After four years of their antics halting the progress of government, we should do all we can to prevent a repeat of their malign control of the National Assembly, “he said.
Tinubu said instead of a personal agenda, that his energies had been geared towards assisting President Muhammadu Buhari develop, refine and implement agenda to flourish the economy.
His statement titled ‘Tinubu Focusing on the Issues of Today: “Tomorrow is the Master of Itself”, was released in Lagos on Sunday by his Media Officer, Mr Tunde Rahman.
Tinubu added: “I have not run for elected office since 2003. I last held office in 2007.
‘’I have never vied to become chairman of the APC nor tried to insinuate myself into any major government office.
“Since I left office, I have dedicated myself toward building a political party that would furnish a progressive alternative to the regressive policies of the PDP.
“Since the inception of the APC, my focus has been to assist President Buhari develop, refine and implement a progressive agenda that would give every Nigerians a fair chance to prosper and provide for their loved ones.
“As he enters his second term, President Buhari has stated that he will give the economy special priority. “His goal is to defeat poverty and joblessness while spurring the type of growth and development that will make Nigeria a durable and flourishing economy.
These goals are laudable and necessary to move Nigeria forward, “he said.
The two lawmakers are yet to respond.